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Crosses in the Dark
Date with an Angel
David and Goliath for Phoebe Framed Print
Empress Framed Print
Galata Tower 2012 Framed Print
Hagia Sophia Agape Framed Print
Harmantepe Framed Print
Jesus Rocks Framed Fine Art Print
Imperial Gallery, Hagia Sophia: Isanbul
This most-famous mosaic Jesus is upstairs in the Imperial Gallery, and was created in 1261 after the expulsion of the Latins. We don’t know the name of the great master who created it, but it’s probably where the tradition began of the face that always seems to see you, no matter where you stand. I learned why in the drawing: one eye is straight, and one is to the side. HIs face is actually as wide as it is long. His lips are not pursed but full, and it took three tries to get him right, with that look of compassion, sorrow and acceptance of us humans gazing up at him. From missing bits of mosaic, I discovered that the artists painted the color first on the sticky compound, and then matched the stone bits to the colors. Jesus’s robe is lapis lazuli.
The mosaic is barely preserved, the bottom chewed up to just below this area. Not shown is the Virgin Mary, to the left, and John the Baptist at right. It was discovered under plaster in the 1940s, after Hagia Sophia became a museum under the Turkish Republic.