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  • Record Number: 7973
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Ousterhout , Robert.
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  • Title: The Virgin of the Chora: An Image and Its Contexts [discussion of the mosaic icon of the Virgin in the church of the Chora Monastery in terms of its part in a decorative program that called upon a complex symbolism; also discusses the importance of the Virgin "orans" motif in the related images known as "Blachernitissa," "Episkepsis," and "Platytera"].
  • Source: The Sacred Image East and West.  Edited by Robert Ousterhout and Leslie Brubaker.  Illinois Byzantine Studies IV. University of Illinois Press, 1995.  Pages 91 - 109.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Architecture- Religious Art History- Decorative Arts Byzantium Constantinople/Istanbul- Chora Monastery- Church Iconography Icons Mary, Virgin, Saint in Art Mosaics Women in Art
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Mediterranean
  • Century: 14
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  • Illustrations: Seventeen figures. Nine figures show details of mosaics from Kariye Camii. One exterior view of Kariye Camii. One floor plan of Kariye Camii. Three interior views of Kariye Camii showing the decorative program. Two images of the "orans" Virgin with a medallion of the Christ child: Figure Forty-Eight marble icon, Constantinople, eleventh century (now at S. Maria Mater Domini, Venice) and Figure Forty-Nine Gold coin of Zoe and Theodora, 1042. Figure Fifty-Six Virgin "orans" on a coin of Michael VIII Palaeologus.
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  • Author's Affiliation: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
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  • Year of Publication: 1995.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0252020960
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