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Prophet Isaiah

Detail of the Prophet Isaiah, 11th-13th centuries, C.E. St. Mark’s Basillica, Venice, Italy.

St. Mark's Basilica is modeled after Constantine the Great's Church of the Holy Apostles. The floor plan is in the shape of a Greek cross, with a dome over the crossing and another dome on each of the four arms. This mosaic of the prophet Isaiah is part of the Cupola of the Prophets.  Each prophet illustrated here bears a scroll alluding to the incarnation and resurrection of Christ and to the last judgment. In a central position and in an attitude of prayer, Isaiah, points at the beardless youth in the middle of the cupola, pronounces the words: "Behold, the Virgin shall conceive and give birth to a son who shall be called Emanuel, God with us."  


Detail of the Prophet Isaiah, 11th-13th centuries, C.E. St. Mark’s Basillica, Venice, Italy.

Associated with a deity; exhibiting religious importance; set apart from ordinary (i.e. "profane") things.

the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form

A primarily Christian concept, based on various Gospel and Old Testament passages, that God/Jesus will issue permanent judgment of all the people of the world in some future time.

Artwork composed of small pieces of material—glass, stone, pottery—arranged in patterns or depicting persons and scenes.

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