Friday, December 27, 2013
Mosaic icons are very cool. They were common at the time Hagia Sophia was built. However, they seem to have died off. This is unfortunate. Of course, they cannot be "written", which would perhaps help kill off that silly affectation of the anglophones. They are cemented or something. Mosaics pop up occasionally. I suppose painting is now easier and rather permanent, whereas in the past, a mosaic could have been easier and more likely to survive for centuries.