Syrian college students working with Greece’s European Centre for Byzantine and Write-up-Byzantine Monuments on the Syrian Mosaic Pavement Documentation task are observed in a file image.
For all its misfortune, Syria was blessed in 1 respect. Just in advance of the nation sank into the devastation of civil war, a group of young learners from the University of Damascus managed to doc a substantial quantity of historic mosaics with the aid of Greek professionals from the European Centre for Byzantine and Write-up-Byzantine Monuments, a non-financial gain group less than the purview of the Ministry of Tradition. Launched in 2004, the Syrian Mosaic Pavement Documentation challenge was just one of Greece’s most crucial packages in Syria right before its second stage – a workshop on conservation – was violently interrupted by the war in 2008.
The archive is now securely filed absent at the center’s workplaces in Thessaloniki in northern Greece, serving as a valuable source not just for researchers interested in East Mediterranean Byzantine art, but also for global legislation enforcement authorities investigating incidents of looting and destruction at Syria’s museums, monuments and archeological web sites.
An on line database of Syrian mosaics is also accessible and the goal is to use this electronic archive for the publication of a solitary tome. It incorporates much more than 7,500 illustrations or photos of 365 mosaics, a portion of the substantial number of artifacts that were being introduced to light-weight in yrs of archaeological excavations.
Now, for the first time, these wonderful mosaics courting from Roman to Byzantine moments are currently being revealed to the community in a electronic exhibition organized in cooperation with the College of Damascus at the municipal Melina Mercouri Cultural Middle in central Athens.
The show’s centerpiece is a electronic map of Syria masking the flooring of the exhibition corridor. According to the show’s supervisor, archaeology professor Natalia Polou, the map transports people to Damascus, Palmyra, Apamea and Maarat al-Nouman – the four important cities where the mosaics were being found out – so they can enjoy the quality of the artwork that as soon as embellished households, public buildings and temples across Syria.
An e-table exhibits the mosaics divided in thematic classes like mythological battles, Christian celebrations, geometrical figures and epigraphs. At the exact time, photos from just before and just after the Syrian civil war will emphasize the extent of the destruction wrought on the country’s cultural heritage. Several of the damaged functions appear from the comprehensive collection of the Maarat al-Nouman Museum, which was used as a military base through the war, and had been salvaged during covert mission led by archaeology professor Maamoun Abdulkarim. The Syrian tutorial had taken component in the software organized by Greece’s European Heart for Byzantine and Publish-Byzantine Monuments and was able, as director of antiquities for the Syrian Ministry of Tradition, to conserve quite a few artifacts from war zones. His expertise is documented in a shorter documentary revealed at the exhibition.
The exhibition at the Melina Mercouri Cultural Centre (66 Irakleidon, Thiseio, tel 210.345.2150) is on exhibit till August 6 and admission is cost-free of demand. Opening several hours are day by day from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and 5-9 p.m. Tuesdays by Saturdays.