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Advent Art: Comnenus Mosaics

Artist unknown (12th century)
Comnenus Mosaics, 1122
Mosaic
Comnenus Mosaics
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Apparently, the Hagia Sophia was completed on this date in A.D. 537. Nowadays the Hagia Sophia is a museum, but in the past it was an Orthodox patriarchal basilica, a Roman Catholic cathedral, and a mosque. This mosaic dates from its time as an Orthodox basilica; the figures flanking Mary and Jesus are John II Comnenus, emperor of the Byzantine empire, and Irene of Hungary, John's wife, the empress.

If you're interested you can see larger versions off all four figures behind the cut.

Comnenus Mosaics: John II Comnenus
Emperor John II Comnenus

Comnenus Mosaics: Virgin and Child
Virgin and Child

Comnenus Mosaics: Irene of Hungary
Irene of Hungary

Previous Advent posts:

2003: New Prince, New Pomp
2004: The Small Cowper Madonna
2005: A Merry Christmas
2006: Love Came Down at Christmas
2007: The Holy Family
2008: Lully, Lulla, Thou Little Tiny Child
2009: The Flight Into Egypt

Tags: advent: 2010, art
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