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Old June 2nd, 2011, 10:19 PM   #1

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John V Palaiologos mosaic in the Hagia Sophia


While reading Natalia Teteriatnikov's Mosaics of Hagia Sophia today, I came across a section saying that there is a mosaic of John V Palaiologos that has recently been uncovered. It is apparently on the eastern arch on the north side. I was there only last week, and I certainly did not see any such mosaic, although I can picture in my head a curious covering in the right spot where it may have been. Does anyone know anything more about this mosaic? Has anyone seen any pictures of it?
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The time has come to resurrect my own thread from approximately twelve hundred and thirty-eight years ago, in light of new evidence. From M. Tunay, "Byzantine Archaeological Findings in Istanbul During the Last Decade," in N. Necipoğlu (ed.) Byzantine Constantinople: Monuments, Topography, and Everyday Life (Brill: Leiden, 2001), p. 226:

"Another major discovery of the last decade is the mid-fourteentcentury mosaic of the emperor John V Palaiologos located on the north side of St. Sophia's eastern arch. This mosaic, known to us from drawings prepared by the Fossatis during their restoration of the building in 1847-1849,5 accidentally came to light when part of the plaster covering it fell off due to dampness caused by water leakage from the dome."
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.....Does anyone know anything more about this mosaic? Has anyone seen any pictures of it?
I supose you already know that.

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Above: Here you can see a mosaic setting bed in the on the north side of great eastern arch of Hagia Sophia with the remains of a standing Virgin and Child dating to 1354. Below her are the traces o a mosaic portrait of the Byzantine Emperor John V Palaeologus dating from 1354. This mosaic was discovered in 1989, but has not been completely uncovered. He reigned from 1341 to 1391. In the top center of the arch was a representation of the Throne of God. Fragments of figures - a Vigin and Child with Saints Peter and Paul, were found by Fossati in the western arch as well, but they seem to have been totally lost

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Above: Fossati drawing of the mosaic of John V on the north side of the great eastern arch.

Source link : Mosaic of Seraphim Unveiled in Hagia Sophia

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