The other door of the sanctuary: the apse and divine entry in the early Byzantine church

Shilling, Brooke (2018) The other door of the sanctuary: the apse and divine entry in the early Byzantine church. In: The door of the sanctuary: places of transition in late antiquity. Religions in the Graeco-Roman World . Brill, Leiden. ISBN UNSPECIFIED

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Abstract

Beginning in the sixth century, theophanies of Christ conveyed by a mandorla of light or cloud rendered the apse conch as a point of entry for the divine in the church. At the same time, alternative pictorial devices were developed to convey the presence of the Virgin Mary in the church and sanctuary, while drawing greater attention to the apse conch as a threshold to be crossed. This chapter explores the form and function of these motifs in two early Byzantine apse mosaics on the island of Cyprus, in the churches of the Panagia Angeloktistos at Kiti and the Panagia tes Kyras at Livadia.

Keywords:Byzantine mosaics, Byzantine churches, Sacred space
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V120 Byzantine History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
ID Code:31001
Deposited On:09 Mar 2018 13:01

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