Art in Faith

Saturday, 15 September 2012

Unknown Artist. Christ Pantocrator. Ekklesia tis Theotokos i Pammakaristos (Church of the All-Blessed Mother of God). Istanbul TURKEY. Early 14th century

Christ Pantocrator

Unknown Artist

Early 14th century

Ekklesia tis Theotokos i Pammakaristos (Church of the All-Blessed Mother of God)

Istanbul* (Istanbul ProvinceMarmara RegionTURKEY

*formerly Constantinople New Rome

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Unknown Artist. Mother of God Enthroned. 867. Naos tis Agias tou Theou Sofias (Church of the Holy Wisdom of God). Istanbul TURKEY

Mother of God Enthroned

Unknown Artist

867    

Naos tis Agias tou Theou Sofias (Church of the Holy Wisdom of God)

Istanbul* (Istanbul Province. Marmara Region) TURKEY

*formerly Constantinople New Rome

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Unknown Artist. Christ Pantocrator. Deisis. Naos tis Agias tou Theou Sofias (Church of the Holy Wisdom of God). Istanbul TURKEY. 1261

Christ Pantocrator. Deisis

Unknown Artist

1261

Naos tis Agias tou Theou Sofias (Church of the Holy Wisdom of God)

Istanbul* (Istanbul Province. Marmara Region) TURKEY

*formerly Constantinople New Rome

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

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