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A Pregnant Christ?! January 23, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
A Pregnant Christ?!

This beautiful mosaic is an eleventh-century work in the church of San Miniato in Florence, one of the most extraordinary religious buildings in the world. The mosaic is unusual as, though put together in central Italy, it shows, as does an accompanying mosaic outside the church, clear eastern influences. Are we to think of itinerant […]

San Miniato: Renaissance Vandalism September 28, 2010

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
San Miniato: Renaissance Vandalism

Beachcombing has loved the extraordinary monastery of San Miniato (Florence), his favourite continental church, since he first saw it fifteen years ago. Started in a largely undocumented generation in the eleventh century it showed from the beginning¬†an ambition¬†that, though wholly medieval in form, anticipated the Florentine renaissance in terms of its self-confident eccentricity. However, there […]