One thing that the deep shadows inside the church at Kissos could not hide, was the mind numbing detail of the alter.
My eyes were in overdrive, the sheer scale of the detail was too much to take in, in just one visit.
I think if you were to make a detailed photographic study of it all, you’d be there for a lot longer than you bargained for…
…certainly photographs are no substitute for the human eye, because nothing except seeing them in person could every do these artworks justice.
There are more icons recessed and framed by the decoration, some are painted, one or two are in the shiny metal work of yesterday’s post, but all are beautiful.
The carved pieces cover everything else in sight, columns, frames, background areas, the supporting bases, all of it are inundated with patterns: flowing vines, flowering blooms, swirls, twirls, circles, squares and far too many to mention or display here.
The extreme low light in general, coupled with the strange situation where certain parts of the church were in deepest shadow whilst small adjoining areas was in brilliant sunlight made for strange reactions from my camera, it was almost as if it couldn’t figure out how to even out the extremes and try as I might, most of my photographs of this area of the church were completely out of focus.
The ones that where left were I think worth showing so that you could get the general idea, the sheer overwhelming volume of decoration and detail, and around the church there were also other objects that I felt deserved a little spotlight of their own.
This is the post where I tidy all of these items into one post, detail in extremes of scale, from one end of the spectrum to the other…
It inspires me, I adore it all… but no photograph will ever prepare you for the feeling you get then looking at craftsmanship on this scale. This little church on the Pelion peninsular is a place where people toiled for more than just a daily wage, creative genius, skilled minds and hands all combined to produce a place that has emotion, exudes peace and tranquillity and is restful for the human soul. Many levels of detail are here, all of them amazing.