Category: Art

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 […]

The Nativity of Jesus in Byzantine art.

There is no doubt that the Christ Pantocrator, Marian art and the passion of Christ are some of the most […]

The Peacock, in all its splendour and glory.

The peacock has a long history of being worshipped as a pagan deity or used as a symbol by royalty […]

Ancient Egyptian dancers

People have always performed and danced as an expression of joy and entertainment and this was no different in the […]

It’s priceless!

Have you ever been to an art show or art auction? I have been to a handful of art shows […]

The Crucifix of San Damiano

Christians can argue and debate amongst themselves all they like, but I believe the San Damiano crucifix is arguably the […]