Sunday, April 17, 2011

A sublime Ravenna mosaic


My words would be too poor to explain or convey the message of holy images. I will limit myself to say that the above mosaic detail (which utterly caught me by surprise as I have just discovered it now) comes from Ravenna, in particular San Apollinare in Classe ", Byzantine Church, dated ca. 549.

Not only this image is superb and sublime, it is also a remarkable demonstration of the outstanding, sophisticated and wise use of colour. Brown/gold with blue...isn't this one of those combinations that are still "trendy" today?

Happy Easter everybody!

6 comments:

  1. Happy Easter!

    So this very mosaic is the one from which they have the idea of Christmas holiday lights? :)

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  2. Your posts are fascinating. I know so little about mosaics and look forward to visiting again. A very Happy Easter to you.
    Best wishes,
    Catherine

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  3. Καλώς σε βρήκα!!!!!
    Θα χαρώ να με επισκεφτείς στο http://www.chrysanthisart.blogspot.com/

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  4. It IS exquisite! It shows, once again, there is nothing new! The size of the stones looks to be teeny! Really nice work.

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  5. Wonderful work, so delicate, I m really impresioned, best wishes for you,

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