A Byzantine Style Fresco of the Betrayal by Ioannis Pagomenos
Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Alikampos, Crete, Greece
14th century



Fresco in the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God in Alikampos, near Chania, western Crete.
Artist: Ioannis Pagomenos, active c.1313-1347AD

In the centre Judas betrays Jesus with a kiss, whilst the soldiers have their swords raised ready to strike. One of the soldiers points accusingly at Christ while to lower right St Peter tends the soldier whose ear he has cut off. I am intrigued by the hats in this fresco: there are the conical-shaped hats of the two soldiers above Christ and the one on the right behind the soldierís raised sword. The two figures on the left hand side have two different types of hats, one round (a bit like a Byzantine Emperorís) and the other more like a turban. Two other soldiers stand on the right wearing different types of hat again. The clothes the protagonists are wearing are also an interesting mix of re-imagined robes from the time of Christ, Roman soldierís uniforms and Byzantine court costume.
Source: wordscene by peterwebscott.
From the same church: A Byzantine Style Fresco of the Crucifixion by Ioannis Pagomenos. Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God, Alikampos, Crete, Greece. 14th century.



See also A Byzantine Fresco of the Betrayal. Holy Monastery of St Mary Kastrianon, Old Pyli, Kos, Greece. 14th century
Other Byzantine Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers
Other 14th Century Illustrations of Costume & Soldiers





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