Cyprus between Byzantium and the West, 4th-16th Centuries
This exhibition traces the remarkable artistic history of Cyprus from the 4th century AD, when Constantinople was founded and Christianity triumphed across the Roman Empire, to the Turkish conquest of the island in 1571. The Island of Cyprus, a gateway to the Orient, was initially and until the 7th century a rich province of the Byzantine Empire. It was then at the heart of the rivalry between the Arabs and the Byzantines until the 10th century. In 965, it became fully Byzantine again for two centuries.
Camille Enlart (1862–1927). A Frenchman in Cyprus
For the exhibition “Cyprus between Byzantium and the West”, the Department of Sculptures sheds particular light on the role of the French in Cyprus. Throughout the 19th century, a series of French travelers made a major contribution to the rediscovery of the island's heritage, particularly as regards works from the medieval period, when Cyprus maintained preferential ties with France. But it was undeniably Camille Enlart who played the most important role.