Bible Review 1:4, Winter 1985

Bible Books

The Mosaics of San Marco in Venice
1. The Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries (Volume One, Text; Volume Two, Plates)
2. The Thirteenth Century (Volume One, Text; Volume Two, Plates)

Otto Demus (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1984) 160 colorplates; 857 black-and-white plates and figures. 1: 495 pp.; 2: 357 pp., $350

Reviewed by Marie Spiro

With this superb publication, Otto Demus, the distinguished Austrian art historian, completes his series on the medieval art and architecture of the Church of San Marco in Venice—a series that has provided important research material to a generation of scholars.1 His earlier analyses and surveys of the mosaics of San Marco were based on photographic records in archives and on his own observations in the church (primarily from ground level). No detailed study of the mosaics, however, was possible until they were examined up close. This was accomplished when scaffolding was erected between 1974 and 1979 as part of a project to clean, record, study and photograph the mosaics.2

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