Τὸ νησὶ τοῦ Γκότλαντ βρίσκεται στὴ Βαλτική. Ἐκεῖ, σὲ διάφορες ἐκκλησίες τοῦ 11ου καὶ 12ου-13ου αἰ. ὑπάρχουν δείγματα τῆς ἐπιρροῆς τῆς βυζαντινῆς τέχνης μέσω τῆς Ρωσίας.
Ὅταν τὰ λέμε ἐμεῖς, βέβαια, οἱ κομπλεξικοὶ μᾶς κατηγοροῦν πὼς εἴμαστε «ἐθνίκια». Δὲν τὰ εἴπαμε ἐμεῖς πρῶτοι, ὅμως:
KRIJNIE N. CIGGAAR, WESTERN TRAVELLERS TO CONSTANTINOPLE
On the island of Gotland, where Byzantine coins have been found in abundance, Byzantine wall-paintings have been discovered. Curiously enough we find them in small inland churches, with unknown dedications, at Garda and Kallunge. The patrons of these churches were probably freeholding farmers who had developed Byzantine tastes during their travels abroad. Byzantine saints were depicted, as were scenes from the Last Judgement, episodes from the New Testament and from Saint’s Lives, possibly by Greek painters or people who had been in close contact with them. The style and the iconography are sometimes entirely Byzantine.51 Even the regularly recurring ornament in heart-shaped form, belongs to the Byzantine tradition. The wall-paintings seem to belong to the second half of the 12th century, but are difficult to date more precisely as is so often the case with Scandinavian art. Wall-paintings with Byzantine influence have also been found on the mainland of Sweden, at Torpa, some 100 km west of Stockholm, where we find another Last judgement
scene. [Δανία] The most striking examples are a Theotokos Hodigitria at Malov, near Copenhagen, and scenes from the New Testament at Jorlunde, somewhat more distant from the Danish Capital.
Βυζαντινή τέχνη, τέχνη τῆς ὁποίας οἱ ἐπιδράσεις εἶναι ἀνιχνεύσιμες ἀπὸ Ἱσπανία καὶ Γαλλία ὣς Σουηδία, Ρωσία καὶ Μέση Ἀνατολή.