Commissioned Paintings and the Images They Create

The Hagia Sophia, built by Isidoros and Anthemios, and The Last Supper, painted by Leonardo da Vinci, were created in the image of those who commissioned them. The Hagia Sophia was commissioned by Justinian I, the emperor of the Byzantine Empire from the years 527 – 635 (Britannica). Justinian understood his duty to uphold the … Read more

Bissera Pentcheva’s Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics: A Multi-sensory Religious Experience

Hagia Sophia: A Multisensory, Transcendent Experience “Hagia Sophia and Multisensory Aesthetics”, written by Bissera Pentcheva, explored how the interior design elements of Hagia Sophia, namely the gold accents and book-matched marble, reflect and represent language and literature of the time. Mention of traditional chants and burning incense is also an important aspect when considering the … Read more