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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.
KAVAK TREES IN VAN
KEF KALESI ADILCEVAZ
Kef Kalesi, Adilcevaz, Van c1500 BCE Ulu Camii c1300 CE-©2016 TriciVenola— This majestic ruin of an ancient city permits an entire mountain rising at the edge of Lake Van. Archeologists have removed ancient artifacts to the museum in Van. Each terrace held houses, and the rooftops of one level were the balconies of the next. At right, you can see fragments of old stonework, traces of huge arches and passages. At centre is Ulu Camii, a 700 year old mosque with a modern glass minaret. Sheep graze below what must have been the fortress an entire village.
KEF KALESI DOORS
Doors Kef Kales - Adilcevaz -A c3000-year-old doorway. Fascinated by the way this rock ages. It looks like the ancient Urartians scored the living rock and created a castle out of the very mountain. There is a legend of treasure hidden here, but no one knows where. I think we’re looking at it. -©2016 TriciVenola — These doors lead to tunnels going throughout the mountain. In addition to the usual rumours of treasure, Abdullah told me that they are well-explored by archeologists. Things found there are in the Archeological Museum in Van.
Keles Family Adilcevaz Derya Turan Bey Nürgül Karen Abdullah Omer -The best meatballs I ever ate. -©2016 TriciVenola — Abdullah is a cousin of my patron, Celal. He and his family picked me up at the airport bus in Van and took me home to dinner. His mother, smiling here right of centre, made from a secret family recipe: meatballs like malt balls, with liquid soft centers. Highly addictive! Abdullah’s wife Derya is in the university at Van. HIs brother Omer is principal at a village school that serves three towns.