A Greek Orthodox Painting of St. Lydia
"On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the river where we thought there would be a place of prayer. We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there. One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth, from the city of Thyatira, a worshiper of God, listened, and the Lord opened her heart to pay attention to what Paul was saying. After she and her household had been baptized, she offered us an invitation, 'If you consider me a believer in the Lord, come and stay at my home,' and she prevailed on us."
-Acts 16:13-15

" When they had come out of the prison, they went to Lydia's house where they saw and encouraged the brothers, and then they left."

-Acts 16:40

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Mosaics in Baptistery

After much searching, I have happened upon the website of an artist who has created mosaics inside the Baptistery of Lydia Chapel/Church.

Though he is a modern greek artist, Vlasios Tsotsonis works in a very traditional style that is absolutely lovely. Unfortunately, in none of his work so far does there seem to be any depictions of St. Lydia. His mosaics in the Baptistery are very beautiful, and give a good idea of what the inside of the church is like.

The pictures included in this post are of the inside of the central dome in the church. The main scene is of Christ's Baptism. A detail shot of the angels attending his baptism is included. It is followed by a picture of Angels over the Jordan River , and a detail shot of a mermaid/angel like figure in the water.

Photo Credits: http://vlasiostsotsonis.com/main.php

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