Monday, January 3, 2011
A mircomosaic treasure (St.Theodore Stratilates at the Hermitage)
Hard to believe but there was a time (14th cent.) and a place (Constantinople) where icons of incredibly small sizes with mosaic were made. Of course very few people could afford them as they were an indisputable symbol of prestige, especially in the specific case of the portable icon pictured above representing St.Theodore Stratilates where lapis lazuli was one of the materials used. This one here is to be seen at the Hermitage museum and if you do not believe it is 9 x 7.4cm, visit the relevant webpage here.
Hope the first days of 2011 are shiny and bright for all of you and will continue to be so!!!