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Poreč, Cathedral of Eufrasius, apse mosaic, right side, two anonymous saints

Poreč, Cathedral of Eufrasius, apse mosaic, right side, two anonymous saints

On the right side, these are the last two of three anonymous male saints, carrying books or wreath-crowns and being presented to the Virgin and Child by an angel. Terry and Maguire ( [2007] pp. 75-76) have suggested that the marked crowding of the figures on the right side of the apse (like the displacement of the Virgin and Child to the right of the central axis) is due to the progress of the work from left to right and the slight diagonal angle of the triumphal arch which reduced the space available on the right side of the apse. Apparently, the designers used space too liberally at the outset – and conceded a larger area to the patrons. Gold was used liberally in the sixth-century mosaics, but, today, most of the gold tesserae are restored. In the original gold tesserae, gold leaf was sandwiched between a base of amber-colored glass and a very thin slip of protective glass – due to the loss of one or more layers of these tesserae, many were replaced in the 1890s (Terry and Maguire [2007], pp. 49-51). 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. 19773713_1275u
Galleries: Apse mosaics with the Virgin Mary, Cathedral of Eufrasius, Poreč, Croatia, Italy and the Adriatic, 500s, Mosaic, Unknown saints
Keywords: halo, jewelled binding, 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: 3594×5158
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22217