Hagia Sophia (English language edition)
The Great Church of Thessaloniki
The thirteen-centuries-old church of Hagia Sophia, dedicated to the Holy Wisdom of God, has been the focus of scholarly interest and debate since the nineteenth century, generating a remarkably rich bibliography both Greek and foreign. However, until now there was no publication aimed at the visitors to this monument. This book fills the need for an informative guidebook, examining all aspects of the subject of the history of the church, its decoration, and its reception throughout history.
HAGIA SOPHIA IN TIΜE AND PLACE
THE HISTORICAL BACKGROUND AT THE TIΜE OF FOUNDATION AND DECORATION OF THE CHURCH
THE INSPIRATION FOR THE ARCHITECTURE OF THE CHURCH
THE DECORATION OF THE CHURCH AT DIFFERENT PERIODS
THE EMPERORS CONSTANTINE AND IRENE AND THE BISHOP THEOPHILOS, THE SPONSORS FOR THE MOSAICS ON THE SANCTUARY VAULT
THE VIRGIN AND CHILD IN THE APSE OF THE SANCTUARY
THE GREAT MOSAIC OF THE ASCENSION IN THE DOME, A WORK OF GREAT INSPIRATION
THE VIRGIN WITH THE ANGELS
FACIAL AND STYLISTIC REPRESENTATIONS OF THE APOSTLES THE IDENTIFICATION OF THE FIGURES
THE INSCRIPTIONS, ARCHBISHOP PAUL AND HIS RELATIONSHIP TO THE MOSAICS
WALL-PAINTINGS FROΜ THE 11TH CENTURY
Chrysanthi Mavropoulou-Tsioumi is Professor Emerita at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. She began her career in the Archaeological Service in 1965, with a five-year break from 1969 to 1975, during which she was a research fellow at the Patriarchal Foundation of Patristic Studies and for two years studied in Germany as scholarship-holder of the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. In 1975, she returned to the Archaeological Service and in 1981, when responsibility for restoring the monuments of Thessaloniki after the 1978 earthquakes passed exclusively to the Ephorate of Byzantine Antiquities, she became director of the Ephorate and continued the restoration project. Her scholarly interests encompass almost all genres of Byzantine art, but particularly Byzantine painting. In 1986, she was elected Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
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