Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers… I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led.

Louis Kahan

The most famous of Hagia Sophia’s Byzantine mosaics is this 13th-century Deësis Mosaic, depicting Christ Pantrocrator flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist.

Christ holds a closed Book of Gospels in his left hand and raises his right in benediction. His gentle expression is that of the “Palaeologan Christ,” who reveals God’s compassion for humanity. On either side, the Virgin and St. John the Baptist are turned towards Christ in attitude of worship.

Photo © Holy Land Photos.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/turkey/istanbul-hagia-sophia-photos/slides/deesis-mosaic3-c-hlp

Another detail view of Christ Pantocrator from the 13th-century De�sis Mosaic in the south gallery of Hagia Sophia.

Photo © Dick Osseman..

Detail of John the Bapist from the 13th-century De�sis Mosaic in the south gallery of Hagia Sophia.

Photo © Dick Osseman.

http://www.sacred-destinations.com/turkey/istanbul-hagia-sophia-photos/



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