Thursday, February 28, 2013

Shrine of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Located in Bussana Nuova, Italy this church was built 1889-1901 after an earthquake devastated the city.

Piero Saccano supervised the installation of the Salviati mosaics on the facade, including the tympanum above the main door.

The four Evangelists in their symbolic forms surround a seated Christ.

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Viaggi Spirituali
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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 131.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

St. Peter's Church Colton

Built 1873-74 by architectural firm Paley and Austin, the design of the church is a "mountain chapel" style.

The mosaic reredos by Salviati are from 1883. They depict the four Evangelists in their symbolic forms - angel, lion, bull and eagle - surrounding the Lamb of God on a cross with two angels.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Church of St. Michael and Peter Antwerp

Known locally as Sint Michiel en Petruskerk, this church was built 1893-97 after a Romanesque Revival design by Belgian architect Frans van Dijk.

The interior contains mosaic decoration by Salviati designed by Henry Redig.

The half-dome of the apse portrays an enthroned Christ surrounded by his Apostles.

Saint Peter

Saint Michael

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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 133.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Church of St. Mary Magdalene

Administered by the Russian Orthodox Church in Jerusalem, this church was designed by David Grimm and built in 1886-88 by Czar Alexander III in memory of his mother, Empress Maria Alexandrovna.

Salviati made the medallion of St. Mary Magdalene that is located above the entrance.

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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collectors' Club, 2008. 132.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Berlin Victory Column

The Victory Column or Siegessaule was designed by Heinrich Strack and inaugurated in 1873.

The columned rotunda around the base contains a 800 square foot frieze of Salviati mosaics from 1874-75 designed by Anton von Werner.

The mosaics commemorate the events of Janaury 18, 1871 when King Wilhelm I of Prussia was made Emperor of a united Germany in the Hall of Mirrors at Versailles.

Germania - representing the Holy Roman Empire - confronting Napoleon

 A handshake representing the symbolic union of north and south German states.

Otto von Bismarck reading the proclamation of the German Empire.

Detail of a trumpeter

Germania sitting on the throne of the Empire, accepting the crown on Kaiser Wilhelm's behalf.

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Barr, Sheldon. Venetian Glass Mosaics: 1860-1917. London: Antique Collector's Club, 2008. 50.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

St. Wilfrid's Catholic Church Ripon

Designed by Joseph Hansom, this church was completed in 1862.

The nave is separated from the aisles by four arches on each side, the spandrels of each decorated by Salviati mosaic roundels of saints.

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Grainge, William. Ripon Millenary: a record of the festival.  Ripon: William Harrison, 1892. 188.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

St. Christopher's Chapel in the Great Ormond Street Hospital

Great Ormond Street Hospital is a children's hospital that famously received the rights to J.M. Barrie's play Peter Pan in 1929. Its chapel was designed by E.M. Barry and built 1871-76. It was moved to its present location in 1992 and reopened in 1994 by Diana, Princess of Wales.

The mosaic floor in the entrance is by Salviati and is said to be modeled after that of St. Mark's in Venice.

Lunnon, Raymond J. The Chapel of St Christopher. NHS Booklet. London: GOS Trust, 2002. Available as a pdf file. Web. 16 February 2012.
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tyntesfield Chapel

Businessman William Gibbs bought this estate in 1843 to make it his family home. In 1863, he began an extensive three-year renovation under architect John Norton that transformed the 43 room building into what it is today.

The chapel was designed by A.W. Blomfield and built 1873-75. Like Exeter College Chapel, it is also based on Sainte Chapelle in Paris.

A series of mosaic triptych reredos (five in all) by Salviati and designed by Harry Ellis (H.E.) Wooldridge in the chapel's apse depict scenes from the lives of saints including Sts. Peter and Paul, as well as Christ. A panel showing St. Paul's conversion was part of the Venice and Murano Glass and Mosaic Company's display at the 1878 Paris Exhibition.

The mosaic floor is also by Salviati.

Steven, Terry. History of the House and Family at Tyntesfield. January 17, 2011. Pdf file.
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Knight, Edward Henry. Report to the United States Commission to the Paris Expo 1878. Washington: US Government Printing Office, 1880. 241.
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Monday, February 18, 2013

All Saints' Hordle

The present church is by Charles Edmund (C.E.) Giles from 1872.

The reredos contains familiar elements: five arcades with a central Christ in Glory in marble, surrounded by the symbols of the four Evangelists by Salviati in mosaic. 

Bevan, George Phillips. Tourist's Guide to Hampshire, including the Isle of Wight.  London: Edward Stanford, 1885. 92.
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Friday, February 15, 2013

Josiah Wedgewood Memorial Institute

Architects George Benjamin Nichols, Robert Edgar and John Lockwood Kipling (father of author Rudyard) designed this building in a Venetian Gothic style. It was built 1863-73.

The upper level has arcades with statues representing the months of the year, topped with mosaic roundels of the 12 zodiac signs by Salviati and Burke, which were installed by 1871.

Noszlopy, George Thomas and Fiona Vaterhouse. Public Sculpture of Staffordshire and the Black Country. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2005. 131.
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Thursday, February 14, 2013

St. Mary's Church, Fawley

Designed by G.E. Street, this church was built 1865-66.

A mosaic background by Salviati decorates the reredos of the Crucifixion.

Pevsner, Niklaus. Berkshire. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1966. 148.
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