Category: Art

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 […]

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 […]