Thursday, April 21, 2011

A "special" rapsody (CD with mosaic background)

The above image is the cover of an album released in 1986. The album is called Rapsodies (the word Rap...rap music ...someone once told me that it comes from the Greek word Rapsody, worth investigating) contains the most important Byzantine Hymns with singer/actress Irene Papas, music arrangement by Vangelis.

One of the most well known hymns of the album is Ω γλυκύ μου έαρ (Oh, my sweet spring) and it is chanted on Good Friday in all Greek Orthodox churches.

Please bear in mind that this is a modern version of the hymn.

Greek text

Αι γενεαί πάσαι, ύμνον τη Ταφή σου, προσφέρουσι Χριστέ μου.

Καθελών του ξύλου, ο Αριμαθείας, εν τάφω σε κηδεύει.
Μυροφόροι ήλθον, μύρα σοι, Χριστέ μου, κομίζουσαι προφρόνως.
Δεύρο πάσα κτίσις, ύμνους εξοδίους, προσοίωμεν τω Κτίστη.

Ους έθρεψε το μάννα, εκίνησαν την πτέρναν, κατά του ευεργέτου.

Ιωσήφ κηδεύει, συν τω Νικοδήμω, νεκροπρεπώς τον Κτίστην.

* Ω γλυκύ μου έαρ, γλυκύτατόν μου Τέκνον, πού έδυ σου το κάλλος;

Υιέ Θεού παντάναξ, Θεέ μου πλαστουργέ μου, πώς πάθος κατεδέξω;

Έρραναν τον τάφον αι Μυροφόροι μύρα, λίαν πρωί ελθούσαι.

Ω Τριάς Θεέ μου, Πατήρ Υιός και Πνεύμα, ελέησον τον κόσμον.

Ιδείν την του Υιού σου, Ανάστασιν, Παρθένε, αξίωσον σους δούλους.

Free translation from Greek from where you see the *


Oh, my sweet spring, my sweetest child, where has your beauty set?

Son of God, my God and creator, how can I accept your Passion?

The perfume-bringing women sprinkled the grave with perfumes, having come very early in the morning

Oh Trinity my God, Father, Son and Spirit, have mercy upon the world 

Mother of God, help us so that we can see your Son's Resurrection


O, mia dolce primavera, mio dolcissimo figlio, dov’è tramontata la tua bellezza? 

Figlio di Dio, mio Dio e creatore, come posso accettare la tua Pasione?

Le donne che portavano profumi sparsero la tomba di fragranze, essendo arrivate molto presto la mattina. 

O Santa Trinità mio Dio, Padre, Figlio e Spirito, dimostra la tua misericordia al mondo

Madre di Dio, aiuta cosi noi possiamo vedere la Resurrezione del tuo Figlio

This post is dedicated to my 100 blog buddies, thank you for being here.

Again, Happy Easter!

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!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Mirror inspired by Miro signed by Christian Astuguevieille
We love all things inspired by the Arts and this one here is a stunning embellishment / mirror. 

An artist as opposed to a designer, Christian Astuguevieille’s work reflects a philosophical view that perceptions should be challenged. The motifs in his work have been cultivated through his travels, his observation of different cultures and traditions.

For more things inspired by Miro here's the link.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

A rather mischievous Theodora by Lacroix for SICIS

I am still not sure if I like this (Theodora's subtle and feminine look is gone and been substituted by a less sophisticated yet rather mischievous appearance of a modern lady) but it is definitely worth of mention.

The artwork in question is based on the famous San Vitale mosaic of Theodora previously featured on this blog here and here. It is the offspring of the collaboration between Cristian Lacroix and SICIS. The famous Italian company SICIS (remember the mosaic bathtubs and the pin up girl?) is a name to remember in the world of mosaic and furniture today and if any of you will want to exploit mosaic and interior design be sure that the name will pop up repeatedly. SICIS as we speak will be exhibiting Lacroix's collection at the Salone del Mobile in Milan.

Here we quote some interesting information on this collaboration of which the full text is found on, here.

True, all the pieces illustrate SICIS’s commitment to esteemed creative endeavor and continued savoir faire. In partnership with Mr. Christian Lacroix masterful hands, they revolutionize the world of lifestyle with poetic insouciance. Mr. Christian Lacroix also acknowledges that, thanks
to SICIS’s daring and energy, the mosaic is now accepted as a deeply contemporary and artistic embellishment. Wildly inspired by the illustrious history of mosaics in Ravenna particularly in connection with the Byzantine Empress Theodora, Mr Lacroix was reminded of Arles, his hometown and romantic region renowned for well-preserved Roman tiles and sought after antiquities.


In fact, as we read from the same source that from April 12 - 17, the collection of furniture designed by Mr Christian Lacroix will be presented at the Salone del Mobile Milan fair in a new exquisite SICIS lifestyle set-up. From June 2011, it will be distributed worldwide in all of SICIS’s showrooms.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Seeing yourself (in fab mosaic mirrors)


Seeing yourself for who you are at a given moment or a certain phase in your life is the first step towards any kind of change or improvement or simply appreciation for the gift of life and creativity.

ps> smitten by the last mirror

Monday, April 4, 2011

Byzantine mosaic card

This is one of the things I have been working on since my last post. I have also been very busy with some charity work and I have finally been able to sit down and take some pictures of my first card. It is composed of mosaics from Constantinople and Thessaloniki and what they have in common (besides being of religious character) is the different tones of gold and blue that blend so fine. The inside of the card is blank. I have also framed the card to see how it looked like as a picture.