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In the south gallery at the second floor of Hagia Sophia we can admire many different mosaics from the byzantine era.
Here we can see the Deesis a traditional representation of Christ enthroned, flanked by Mary and St. John the Baptist; these two figures are appealing to Christ for mercy on behalf of the beholder (viewer) on Judgment Day.
Made in the late 13th century (possibly 1261), this is the highest detail mosaic in the church and one of the most impressive mosaics in the world.
The Hagia Sophia Deesis symbolizes the start of the re-emergence of a highly realistic style (albeit with stylized coloration, a characteristic that would never fade) pioneered during the post-Fourth Crusade, Palaeologan Era (1261-1453). Although the Byzantine Empire was shaky politically and financially during this period (it had only two hundred years before its fall to the Ottoman Turks), Byzantine mosaic art arguably reaches its apex.

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  • Copyright: federico ce (federico) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 510 W: 0 N: 662] (5843)
  • Genre: 場所
  • Medium: カラー
  • Date Taken: 2016-11-27
  • Categories: Architecture
  • Exposure: 1/49 seconds
  • Photo Version: Original Version
  • Date Submitted: 2017-02-23 2:52
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