Friday, November 9, 2007

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Ravenna Mosaics(6th - 7th century)

LATE CLASSICAL AND EARLY CHRISTIAN BOOK ILLUMINATIONS

Comments due by Monday 11-12

14 comments:

Luis said...

the mosaics show various chapters in the life of Christ and other biblical and religious characters, and some that lived in those times, is incredible seeing this mosaics in mind conditions after various centuries

http://www.hp.uab.edu/image_archive/ulj/mosaic29.jpg

personally I like this mosaic that we saw in class, shows how the shepherd always took care of his flock, quite a popular meaning in Christianity, really nice

Tnap said...

Its so strange to see Christ depicted in so many different ways. The only was he is depicted anymore is as being crucified. I think it would turn people off in modern times to see him doing everyday things. Everyone is so used to seeing the crucifiction, that anything else seems kind of bizarre. Also, the mosiacs are insane. I can't imagine placing every single tiny piece. Must have taken forever!!

exquisitedesign said...

I like the mosaics that we saw in class where they used gold or metalic colors as a tool for light. They seemed more practical since they could illuminate an entire room just through the use of a given color choice.

As far as the book illuminations, those kind of remind me of Japanese/Chinese art and culture where they would create their pieces on washi (special kind of paper) with different colors of ink, but most were typically black ink.

retroclide said...

When I grow up, I want to illuminate manuscripts. Of course, I wouldn't do it on vellum or parchment. They would have to be animal friendly manuscripts. The devotion and time consuming work that goes into illuminating a manuscripts is mind boggling. The monks and nuns who did it were doing it as their service to God. Thinking about spending the majority of my life working on one project is almost too much to fathom. I'm deeply impressed by how the personalities of the artists is visible in the illuminations. I get a kick out of seeing a little head in an off the wall place. I can't help but think that they people doing these were pretty funny.

bigbadteacher said...

Perhaps we should do a project where everyone creates their own illuminated page, for a book of your choosing! Yes, yes...I think so.

livefish said...

I really like these....takes FOREVER!!!!!! But anyways...I think I would really like to see Christ doing the everyday thing....because He was just like us....better....but still human...to see Him doing things we do can really make us feel closer to Him. He's done them....just no one depicts Him as so....pretty interesting.

naner said...

Wow, how amazing these mosaics are. I cant even imagine how they made these look so perfect. They are truely phenomenal. I also find it interesting how brilliant the colors are. When we looked at some of the churches, they literally glowed.

nwalker said...

I think its just crazy how detailed these mosaics are! Theres no way I could even begin to try and make one.

Marc said...

Some of these have almost a third dimension feel to them. Just by looking I have an impression of texture to the pieces.

kaitlin said...

I think that the dedication put into these religious works of art is amazing. In many of the mosaics the detailed pictures represent different events from the Bible itself. The symbolism is very present in these mosaics. With the colors and intricate detail used there is a great deal of beauty in each picture. The abstract and unrealistic style that was used adds an interesting aspect to the art. The face expressions and poses are also unique and expressive. I love it when the impressive architecture is incorporated with the mosaics...it is really beautiful.

James A. said...

Ive never been a fan of mosaics (i think ive said this before). I dont know if its because of the type of art Ive seen or if I just dont like mosaics in general. There something about breaking up little pieces of glass or whatever and putting them on a canvas that doesnt appeal to me.

VictorVonDoom said...

im not such a big fan for mosaics as i am for illuminations..from what ive seen, they must really take so dedication to create those pieces heres a video i found on youtube that involves manuscripts

http://youtube.com/watch?v=YPgnJUWUPqA

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