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Ανασκαφή: Θεραπευτήριο ο Αγ. Δημήτριος

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Early Christian Art Mosaics | ... the Good Shepard , the mausoleum of Galla Placidia, C. 425-426, Mosaic

Early Christian Art Mosaics | ... the Good Shepard , the mausoleum of Galla Placidia, C. 425-426, Mosaic

Museum Acquires Rare Early Christian Mosaics :: The mosaics formed part of a church floor located in what is now northwest Syria.

Museum Acquires Rare Early Christian Mosaics :: The mosaics formed part of a church floor located in what is now northwest Syria.

3rd C. BCE. A common image in ancient Greece of a shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders, continued in roman art. Later co-opted by early christians as a metaphorical image of Christ in mosaics. Marble. Vatican Museum.

3rd C. BCE. A common image in ancient Greece of a shepherd carrying a sheep over his shoulders, continued in roman art. Later co-opted by early christians as a metaphorical image of Christ in mosaics. Marble. Vatican Museum.

Quedlinburg Itala fragment, 420/430 AD, scenes from Chapter 15 of 1 Samuel. This illustration is one of six folios which were part of the oldest surviving illustrated biblical manuscript. The illusionistic painting style with each picture framed in red shows close links with early mosaics (the early 5th c. nave mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome) and imperial Roman relief sculpture (Trajan’s Column, 113 AD, Rome). Early Christian art is very much inspired by contemporary and classical…

Quedlinburg Itala fragment, 420/430 AD, scenes from Chapter 15 of 1 Samuel. This illustration is one of six folios which were part of the oldest surviving illustrated biblical manuscript. The illusionistic painting style with each picture framed in red shows close links with early mosaics (the early 5th c. nave mosaics of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome) and imperial Roman relief sculpture (Trajan’s Column, 113 AD, Rome). Early Christian art is very much inspired by contemporary and classical…

Mosaic Masterpieces in Ravenna, Italy...  Once you’ve relived the Renaissance at the Uffizi, scoped out the various Davids, and paid homage to the Last Supper, it’s time to hunt down lesser-known masterpieces. In Ravenna, a city filled with the world’s most exquisite mosaics, the fifth-century mausoleum stands out. Sunlight streaming through alabaster windows illuminates a golden cascade of early-Christian images, including bowls of blue water sipped by white doves. Check out eight more…

Mosaic Masterpieces in Ravenna, Italy... Once you’ve relived the Renaissance at the Uffizi, scoped out the various Davids, and paid homage to the Last Supper, it’s time to hunt down lesser-known masterpieces. In Ravenna, a city filled with the world’s most exquisite mosaics, the fifth-century mausoleum stands out. Sunlight streaming through alabaster windows illuminates a golden cascade of early-Christian images, including bowls of blue water sipped by white doves. Check out eight more…

MAUSOLEUM of Galla Placidia. c. 425. Ravenna, Italy. Early Christians used glass, which provided brilliant color, to make their mosaics. The irregularity of each tessera along with being mixed with gold gave the mosaics a new shimmer. The natural light that shone in from the windows of the church and the oil lamps used to illuminate the churches magnificently intensified the colors of the mosaics.

MAUSOLEUM of Galla Placidia. c. 425. Ravenna, Italy. Early Christians used glass, which provided brilliant color, to make their mosaics. The irregularity of each tessera along with being mixed with gold gave the mosaics a new shimmer. The natural light that shone in from the windows of the church and the oil lamps used to illuminate the churches magnificently intensified the colors of the mosaics.

2ND GOLDEN AGE - MOSAIC: The Crucifixion - 11th century - Classical qualities are completely Christian - controposto pose - gestures - facial expressions restrained - noble suffering - balance and clarity - organic and graceful.  Jesus' devine wisdom and power is stressed rather than His sacrifical death. Blood spurting from Christ's side - 3 part division of his upper torso. Step on cross - Byzantine influence. Mary and John at Jesus' sides. LOCATION: MONASTERY CHURCH, DAPHNE, GREECE

2ND GOLDEN AGE - MOSAIC: The Crucifixion - 11th century - Classical qualities are completely Christian - controposto pose - gestures - facial expressions restrained - noble suffering - balance and clarity - organic and graceful. Jesus' devine wisdom and power is stressed rather than His sacrifical death. Blood spurting from Christ's side - 3 part division of his upper torso. Step on cross - Byzantine influence. Mary and John at Jesus' sides. LOCATION: MONASTERY CHURCH, DAPHNE, GREECE

[Peter of Illyria, Interior of Santa Sabina, ca. 422-432, Rome, Italy, Medieval Era, Early Christian]  The Church of Santa Sabina has a central axis leading the entrance to the apse. It is decorated with biblical images painted with fresco. Clerestory windows provides direct lighting in the nave. Now plain, the walls apparently originally were decorated with mosaics. The glass tiles of the mosaics would create a shimmering effect and the walls would appear to float. (Smart History)

[Peter of Illyria, Interior of Santa Sabina, ca. 422-432, Rome, Italy, Medieval Era, Early Christian] The Church of Santa Sabina has a central axis leading the entrance to the apse. It is decorated with biblical images painted with fresco. Clerestory windows provides direct lighting in the nave. Now plain, the walls apparently originally were decorated with mosaics. The glass tiles of the mosaics would create a shimmering effect and the walls would appear to float. (Smart History)

How to make like an art historian and decode the symbols in early Christian mosaics like this one (located in the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Ravenna, Italy!). www.walksofitaly.com

How to make like an art historian and decode the symbols in early Christian mosaics like this one (located in the Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Ravenna, Italy!). www.walksofitaly.com

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