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Poreč, Cathedral of Eufrasius, apse mosaic, Virgin and Child, angels, saints and patrons

Poreč, Cathedral of Eufrasius, apse mosaic, Virgin and Child, angels, saints and patrons

In the apse mosaic, the Virgin and Child are enthroned in the center against a gold backround with layers of clouds. A hand from heaven lowers a jewelled wreath-crown towards the Virgin. To the viewer’s right, an angel presents three unnamed male saints. To the viewer’s left, an angel presents St. Maurus, Bishop Eufrasius (the patron of the building), Archdeacon Claudius, and the archdeacon’s son, Eufrasius. St. Maurus, an early bishop of Parentium (Poreč), was the patron saint of the church: an inscription of the fourth or fifth century naming the saint was found near the episcopal throne in the axis of the apse in the nineteenth-century excavations. His body, however, was stolen by the Genoese in 1354 when they sacked and burned the town (Terry and Maguire [2007], pp. 6-7). Cited sources: Terry, Ann and Henry Maguire. Dynamic Splendor: The Wall Mosaics in the Cathedral of Eufrasius at Poreč. Univ. Park, Pa: Pennsylvania State UP, 2007. D'Emilio photo archive no. 19773718_1280u.
Galleries: Angels, Apse mosaics with the Virgin Mary, Apses, Bishops, Cathedral of Eufrasius, Poreč, Children, Croatia, Italy and the Adriatic, 500s, Mosaic, Patrons of art, St. Agnes, virgin and martyr, St. Maurus, bishop and martyr, St. Thecla, virgin and martyr, Unknown saints, Virgin enthroned with Christ Child
Keywords: angels, model building, throne, wreath-crown
Photo Location: Poreč, Croatia
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Date of Photo:
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 5302×3562
Picture Orientation: Landscape
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Picture Number: 22256