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Photo: Athens’ opens beautiful modern mosaic exhibit

28 Nov

The Byzantine Museum in Athens — sorry, a few years ago it was renamed the Byzantine and Christian Museum, like we might forget that the Byzantines were a Christian civilization — has a new exhibit of modern Greek mosaic artists and some of the stuff is really worth checking out.

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The museum also benefits from being situated in the palace and former grounds of the Duchess of Plaisance (Piacenza), a beautiful Neo-Renaissance mansion surrounded by gorgeous, spacious parks and gardens.  It belonged to Sophie de Marbois-Lebrun, Duchess of Plaisance, a leading society lady and salon-holder in mid-nineteenth-century Athens.  Read; she’s interesting.

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Vangeli writes about Vangeli in Istanbul

5 Jun

See, this is the kind of great kid he is:

“Abi, our adventurous days in Istanbul could not be described better! Thank you for the kind words and for bearing with me. I enjoyed reading the article, it is like one of the many mosaics we saw in Istanbul where the small pieces placed elegantly together created a greater picture. The same way you slide in your paragraphs to create a mosaic :)”

(See: “The adventures of me and my nephew Vangeli in C-town” )

aus-virgin1And while I was looking for a suitable mosaic image, I came across this interesting site that describes how the Deisis mosaic in Hagia Sophia — where this exquisite Virgin Mary comes from — was created.  Check it out.

Deisis6129542742_cc2df1dba8_zThe entire Deisis panel. (click)

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