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Title
Mosaic of Enthroned Christ and the Donor, Christ the Savior in Chora
Work Type
Mosaic; photographs
Location
Turkey, Istanbul
Material
black and white photography
Measurements
21.6 x 26.8 cm
Description
The mosaics and wall paintings of the Chora are among the key works of Late Byzantine art and the most complete to survive in Istanbul. The nave and narthexes were completed by 1321 and decorated in mosaic, while the parekklesion and lesser areas were painted. In in the inner narthex above the entrance to the naos is the image of the "Enthroned Christ and the Donor." Theodore Metochites kneels and presents a model of the church to a seated Christ. In Byzantine art, this was the standard way of representing an architectural donation. Metochites is ostentatiously garbed and wears a high hat symbolizing his high office (not only Turks wore turbans), and his court titles are inscribed behind him. The picture is curiously unbalanced, with the side opposite Metochites left empty, with the gold tesserae laid in a scalloped pattern.Grove Dictionary of Art; Ousterhout, Robert. "The Art of the Kariye Camii." Scala Publishers, 2002, p. 23
Repository
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.) Art & Architecture Library
ID Number
11
Source
Volume 15: Palestine/Constantinople Page 55
Variant Title
Istanbul, Kariye Camii
Image Materials/Technique
albumen paper
ID Number Note
Number assigned by photographer or print studio
Inscription
lower left, in white: No. 11. Mosquee Karie.; lower right, in white: Sebah & Joaillier. [cut off:] Consple. 1892
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