Monday, September 29, 2008


The Parting of Lot and Abraham, mosaic in the nave of Santa Maria Maggiore, Rome, 432-440

A method of representation used in Early Christian and medieval times which simplifies all meaning into body attitude and gesture. (Gardner)

This mosaic also features a 'device' called 'head clusters' . One set of clusters are the people 'for' and behind Lot and the other people who back Abraham. This method has a long history in Christian art.

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