Art in Faith

Saturday, 4 October 2014

Glass Eucharistic Paten (Christ with two Apostles). early 4th century. Castulo (Hispania Baetica. Hispania) Roman Empire

00 Eucharistic Paten 02. 4th c Spain. Castulo Hispania. 04.10.14

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00 Eucharistic Paten 01. 4th c Spain. 04.10.14

Glass Eucharistic Paten (Christ with two Apostles)

Unknown Artist

early 4th century

Castulo (Hispania Baetica. Hispania) Roman Empire  

near Linares (Jaén Province. Autonomous Community of Andalucía) SPAIN

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The BBC made much of the fact that this artefact portrayed a beardless Christ. That’s a fairly common artistic convention in the late Western Roman Empire… ergo, why the surprise? It’s yet another proof that the Beeb has fallen… sad, isn’t it?

BMD

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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Unknown Artist. Majestas Domini (Christ in Majesty). Monestir de Santa Maria de Mur. Castell de Mur (Lleida. Cataluna) SPAIN.

00 Unknown Artist. Majestas Domini (Christ in Majesty). Monestir de Santa Maria de Mur. Castell de Mur (Lleida. Cataluna) SPAIN.

Majestas Domini (Christ in Majesty)

Unknown Artist

11th century

Monestir de Santa Maria de Mur

Castell de Mur (Province of Lleida. Autonomous Community of CatalunyaSPAIN

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Unknown Artist. Crucifijo de don Fernando el Magno y doña Sancha (Crucifix of King Fernando the Great and Queen Sancha). circa 1063

Obverse

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Reverse

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Crucifijo de don Fernando el Magno y doña Sancha (Crucifix of King Feranando the Great of Castilla y León and Queen Sancha)

Unknown Artist

circa 1063

Real Colegiata Basílica de San Isidoro de León

León (Province of León. Autonomous Community of Castilla y León)  SPAIN

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This is one of the greatest surviving medieval Romanesque legacies, being equalled only by the roughly contemporaneous “King of the Confessorscrucifix, the Bury St Edmonds Cross of Master Hugo. Interestingly enough, both are ivory carvings, and both are similar in style, hinting that their creators trained under a New Roman master in a Constantinople atelier… not surprising, as “The City” was the centre of civilised life in Europe at the time (it was by no means a “Dark Age” as “Enlightenment” commentators called it). Just as people flock to New York today, and as they went to Paris in the Belle Epoque, they went to Constantinopolis the Golden in the tenth and eleventh centuries. Nea Romana was the beacon of sophistication, artistry, and literacy for nearly a millennium, and this cross (and the similar Bury St Edmonds cross) show the marks of that influence…

BMD

Unknown Artist. Tympanum of the Puerta del Cordero (Portal of the Lamb). Real Colegiata Basílica de San Isidoro de León. León SPAIN. 12th century

Tympanum of the Puerta del Cordero (Portal of the Lamb)

Unknown Artist

12th century

Real Colegiata Basílica de San Isidoro de León

León (Province of León. Autonomous Community of Castilla y León)  SPAIN 

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