The Crucifixion

The Crucifixion

Date Eleventh Century CE

Movement Byzantine

Medium Mosaic

Located at Church of the Dormition, Daphni, Greece


Byzantine mosaics continue to employ heavenly, spatial backgrounds of gold, then bringing them back to earth with the subtle use of landscape. This work’s style is clean, simple and noble; the expressions of all three figures and the Classical treatment of anatomies and garments emphasize this quality. Never before have we seen this quality of Christ at Crucifixion, or Christ of the Passion; His nobility, calmness and wisdom are stressed over the gruesome details of the event.