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Karanlıke Kilise (Dark Church), Church 23 Göreme

Artist: Ahmet Ertuğ (1949 – ) Primary
Dimensions: 63 x 81 in. (160.02 x 205.74 cm)
Object Type: Gift
Creation Place: Middle East, Turkey
Medium and Support: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Ahmet Ertug, 2021.
Accession Number: 2021.03.06
On View: Quick Center Lobby

These colorful wall paintings decorate a Byzantine church in Turkey’s Cappadocia region. Above the central cupola bears an image of Christ Pantokrator (“all-sovereign” or “ruler of all”) , while the smaller domes to the left and right are decorated with images of archangels. In the curve of the apse is a Deësis scene, in which a seated Christ appears flanked by the Virgin and John the Baptist, both in postures of supplication. Surrounding these scenes are depictions of saints and decorative vegetal motifs.

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