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Life Cycle, watercolor and ink/Japanese paper. 4"x6"

Life Cycle, watercolor and ink/Japanese paper. 4″x6″

Prayer, watercolor and ink/Japanese paper. 4"x6"

Prayer, watercolor and ink/Japanese paper. 4″x6″

The mosaic floor of the cathedral in Otranto, Italy is absolutely amazing. The three aisles each have a tree of life running the length of the church, with an intricate array of Christian and pantheistic imagery intermingled and climbing the trees, in a mosaic that dates back to the middle ages. It is something of a miracle that it was not destroyed by overly zealous Christians who must have seen some of the images as blasphemous. The content for the above paintings come in part from the mosaic, and parts are from a church in Stilo, Italy.

5 Comments

  1. Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

    Very political – EXCELLENT!!

  2. Caryn Friedlander
    Posted August 26, 2015 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

    I know, how did that happen? Must be your influence

  3. Glenn Webb
    Posted August 26, 2015 at 10:36 pm | Permalink

    OK. That does it. Gotta go there and see it for myself.

  4. Richard
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 8:04 am | Permalink

    Please continue the journey

  5. Caryn Friedlander
    Posted August 27, 2015 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    I’d be happy to go there with you for a tour!

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