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Deesis mosaic

From the Wikipedia: "The Deësis mosaic (Δέησις, "Entreaty") probably dates from 1261. It was commissioned to mark the end of 57 years of Roman Catholic use and the return to the Orthodox faith. It is the third panel situated in the imperial enclosure of the upper galleries. It is widely considered the finest in Hagia Sophia, because of the softness of the features, the humane expressions and the tones of the mosaic. The style is close to that of the Italian painters of the late 13th or early 14th century, such as Duccio. In this panel the Virgin Mary and John the Baptist (Ioannes Prodromos), both shown in three-quarters profile, are imploring the intercession of Christ Pantocrator for humanity on Judgment Day. The bottom part of this mosaic is badly deteriorated. This mosaic is considered as the beginning of the Renaissance in Byzantine pictorial art."
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
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Istanbul Hagia Sophia march 2017 2259.jpg
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Istanbul december 2009 7023.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9096.jpg
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Istanbul december 2009 6941.jpg
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Istanbul december 2009 6944.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9097.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9098.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9099.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9100.jpg
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9101.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9102.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9102.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
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Istanbul december 2009 6928.jpg
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Istanbul december 2009 6933.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
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Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9103.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9104.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya Deesis mosaic October 2016 9104.jpg
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Istanbul december 2009 6937.jpg
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic
Istanbul Aya Sofya deesis mosaic