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Re: Feasts and Saints of the Day: May 27

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John Dillon <[log in to unmask]>

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medieval-religion - Scholarly discussions of medieval religious culture <[log in to unmask]>

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Sun, 27 May 2012 15:30:36 -0500

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medieval-religion: Scholarly discussions of medieval religion and culture

On 05/26/12, I wrote:

> Today (27. May 2012), in the Roman church and in others that employ its calculation of the date of Easter, is the feast of Pentecost. Herewith a few pertinent images:
> 
> The earlier twelfth-century Pentecost cupola mosaic in the basilica cattedrale di San Marco in Venice:
> http://www.wga.hu/art/zgothic/mosaics/6sanmarc/2cuwest2.jpg

Compare this earlier eleventh-century dome mosaic (restored betw. 1953 and 1962) in the katholikon of the monastery of Hosios Loukas near Distomo in Phokis:
http://www.eikonografos.com/album/albums/uploads/osios%20loukas/03.jpg

Cf. also this mid-twelfth-century vault mosaic of the Pentecost in the Cappella Palatina in Palermo:
http://tinyurl.com/8478xah
 

> A page of expandable views of the remains of the depiction of Pentecost in the later thirteenth-century frescoes (betw. ca. 1263 and 1270 or slightly later) in the altar area of the church of the Holy Trinity in the Sopoćani monastery at Sopoćani (Raška dist.) in Serbia:
> http://tinyurl.com/cfjfvga

Should the seating arrangement of the apostles in this fresco seem unfamiliar, herewith a few other examples:

Pentecost as depicted in a later ninth-century copy (betw. 879 and 882) of the _Orationes_ of St. Gregory of Nazianzus (Paris, BnF, ms. Grec 510, fol. 301r):
http://tinyurl.com/7ssnbun 

Pentecost as depicted in the central scene of this later twelfth-century painted templon epistyle in St. Catherine's monastery, Sinai:
http://www.icon-art.info/hires.php?lng=en&type=1&id=3667
('templon epistyle' defined: <http://tinyurl.com/7x9cejp>)

A detail view of the earlier fourteenth-century (1312) Pentecost fresco in the exonarthex of the katholikon of the Vatopedi monastery on Mt. Athos (can anyone point to an image of the entire composition?):
http://tinyurl.com/7ffg5m6
 
 
> Herewith a link to an earlier 'Saints of the day' for 27. May (including St. Julius of Durostorum; St. Restituta of Sora; St. Restitutus of Rome; St. Eutropius of Orange; St. Augustine of Canterbury; St. Bruno of Würzburg; St. Gausbert of Montsalvy):
> http://tinyurl.com/7darbhy
> 
> 
> Further to Restituta of Sora:
> 
> In that earlier post's notice of this saint, the fourth paragraph should read:
> The primary locus of R.'s cult remains the basilica di Santa Restituta in Sora (FR), rebuilt after Frederick II destroyed the town in 1229 and rebuilt again after earthquakes in 1654 and 1915. Here's a view of the facade of what's now a neo-romanesque structure preserving in its facade an earlier thirteenth-century main portal, an inscription bearing a privilege of Charles II from 1292 removing Sora from baronial control and declaring it a demesne city, and (above that inscription) an ancient relief, found a few kilometers north of Sora, showing the goddess Isis surmounted by a lunar disc (alas, the view doesn't do justice to any of these details):
> http://static.panoramio.com/photos/original/6773827.jpg

That second sentence should have begun thus: 
Here's a view of what's now a neo-romanesque structure preserving in its facade...

Does anyone on the list have one or more better views of the lower portion of this facade to share?

Best again,
John Dillon

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