Category: Art

A brief guide to the artwork of Pompeii and Herculaneum. (Part 1)

Pompeii and Herculaneum are Roman cities from late antiquity that don’t need any introduction. We have all heard the story […]

Roman mosaic from Antiochia, House of the Evil Eye.

Some of the most popular subjects for mosaics in ancient Greece and Rome were mythological scenes, daily life, the four […]

The Mysterious Mary Magdalene.

Mary Magdalene is to simply put it an enigma. She is one of the more fascinating characters or persons from […]

Alexandre Cabanel’s The Birth of Venus (1863).

Inspiration often comes from my daily grind. I’ve said it many times before and today is no different. I bought […]

Degas: A New Vision at the National Gallery of Victoria.

Last week, I made my way to the National Gallery of Victoria, in Melbourne, to experience possibly a once in […]

The Codex Sinaiticus.

The invention of the codex, a series of pages bound down one side, not only replaced the scroll, but created […]

Gold hyperpyron of Alexius I.

It is an astonishing feat to imagine that the gold coin created by Constantine in the early fourth century, known […]

Portrait of an Emperor: John VIII Palaiologos.

An Italian Renaissance painter from Florence, by the name of Benozzo Gozzoli, was commissioned to paint a three-walled cycle of […]

Masterclass in Byzantine Mosaics (Part 2)

A good number of Byzantine craftsmen, painters and artists are unknown or anonymous. Yet, they have left us with a […]

Masterclass in Byzantine Mosaics (Part 1)

Who would have thought that a tiny small square piece of stone, glass or pottery called tesserae would have such […]