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Deesis Mosaic
Image by Hagia Sophia Research Team

Deesis Mosaic

Jesus Christ detail, Deesis Mosaic, 13th century CE, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey. The mosaic is accepted as a pioneer of the Renaissance Art
The Seraphim Mosaic
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The Seraphim Mosaic

The Seraphim Mosaic, Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. Around the Pantocrator mosaic from the 9th century CE which was on the central dome. The "seraphim’’ are depicted in red.
John II Komnenos
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John II Komnenos

Byzantine emperor John II Komnenos (r. 1118-1143 CE). From a 12th century CE mosaic panel in the south gallery of the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul. The emperor is shown offering a gift to the Virgin and young Christ.
Constantine IX & Empress Zoe
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Constantine IX & Empress Zoe

An 11th century CE gold and glass mosaic in the Hagia Sophia of Constantinople depicting Constantine IX Monomachos (r. 1042-1055 CE), Jesus Christ and Empress Zoe (r. 1028-1050 CE).
Calligraphic Names of Rashidun Caliphs in Hagia Sophia
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Calligraphic Names of Rashidun Caliphs in Hagia Sophia

Four medals showing beautifully designed names of the first four Rashidun Caliphs Abu Bakr (r. 632 - 634 CE), Umar (634 - 644 CE), Uthman (644 - 656 CE) and Ali (656 - 661 CE). In the Dome of the New Mosque, in the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul...
Hagia Sophia, Trebizond
Image by Michael Goodyear

Hagia Sophia, Trebizond

Hagia Sophia Church in Trebizond (present-day Trabzon, Turkey). 13th century CE.
Fresco in Hagia Sophia, Trebizond
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Fresco in Hagia Sophia, Trebizond

Interior fresco in the Hagia Sophia Church in Trebizond (present-day Trabzon, Turkey). 13th century CE.
Sophia-Wisdom, Celsus Library, Ephesos
Image by Mark Cartwright

Sophia-Wisdom, Celsus Library, Ephesos

A detail of the facade of the Celsus Library in Ephesos (c. 117 CE). The statue represents wisdom (sophia), an attribute associated with the former proconsul Celsus to whom the building was dedicated.
St. Sophia's Cathedral, Novgorod
Image by Людмила Ф-С

St. Sophia's Cathedral, Novgorod

St. Sophia's Cathedral, Novgorod, Russia. It was first built c. 1037 CE by the Kievan Rus king Yaroslav I (c. 1019-1054 CE)
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Blog by James Blake Wiener

Eternally Beautiful: Byzantine Art from Greece

For over a millennium, Byzantine artists in Greece produced sumptuous works of extraordinary quality and caliber. Whether inspired by the ethos of the new Christian religion or the tangible legacy of classical antiquity, these Greek artisans...