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Title :

Studies in Byzantium, Venice and the West; London; Pindar

Studies among the Torcello mosaics, II

Author :
DEMUS, Otto ;
Publication year :
1998
Language :
English ;
Abstract :
The investigation of two mosaic fragments in the Museo di Torcello and one in the Louvre, Paris, and another in the Museo Sforzesco in Milan provides a test for the authenticity of the mosaic of the Last Judgment in the cathedral in Torcello. All of the four fragments were originally from the Last Judgment of the cathedral. Disjunctions in style and technique leads Demus to conclude that 'the two upper layers of the great mosaic of the Last Judgment in Torcello are copies only, made in the 19th c. Of the original, only four fragments have been preserved and these point clearly to Greek worksmanship and to a date within the second half of the 12th c. The widespread belief that the mosaic was made by Italian worksmen proves nevertheless correct, but in an unexpected sense. It applies not to the artists who set the original in the 12th c. but to the restorers of the Compagnia Venezia-Murano who made the copy in 1870. The history of the Torcello mosaics is not unique: much of what has been called the Italo-Byzantine style of mosaic painting is in reality purely Byzantine style hardened by bad restoring.' [Reprint of 1944 essay]. ;
Pagination/Size :
p. 227-232, XXIII.1-XXIII.4; 4 ill. ;
Topic :
530 - BIBLIOGRAPHIE D'HISTOIRE DE L'ART ;
French keywords :
Italie ; Jugement dernier ; Milano (ITA), Musei del castello, Civiche raccolte d'arte antica ; Mosaïque ; Paris (FRA), Musée national du Louvre ; Restauration ; Torcello (ITA), Museo di Torcello ; Torcello (ITA), S. Maria Assunta (cathédrale) ; 1100-1200 ; 1800-1900 ;
Descriptors :
Italy ; Last Judgment ; Milano (ITA), Musei del castello, Civiche raccolte d'arte antica ; Mosaics ; Paris (FRA), Musée national du Louvre ; Restoration ; Torcello (ITA), Museo di Torcello ; Torcello (ITA), S. Maria Assunta (cathedral) ; 1100-1200 ; 1800-1900 ;
Document type :
Article ;
INIST identifier :
24969923 ;
ISBN :
ISBN 18998280951899828087 ;
Provenance :
Bibliographie d'Histoire de l'Art ;
Publisher country :
UNITED KINGDOM ;