Amphorae used in the wine and oil trade, 3rd to 6th Century, Thessaloniki, Greece
I’m not long back from our field trip to Thessaloniki, Greece; a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Travelling with a small group of icon diploma students, all passionate about our subject, we visited the mosaics and wall paintings in the ancient churches of Thessaloniki, led by Aidan Hart and supported by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts.
The places we visited didn’t allow flash photography so most of my photos are a little too fuzzy to share here. However, I kept a sketch book and though most of these pen and ink drawings were done in 5-10 minutes, I hope they give you a flavour of the trip.
If you are really interested in looking at the wall paintings that we visited, here is a link which is well worth bookmarking and which I only discovered on my return, it’s a database of Byzantine art: Princeton University.
2 Responses to “Sketching Thessaloniki – a glimpse of an ancient land”
Ronnie, these drawings are quite lovely. They convey the feel of the places probably better than any photograph would do. I am experiencing these places through your eyes and pen.
Thank you for sharing them.
Hi Gay, Thanks so much for your comment. It was a wonderful trip, so much to see in very little time really. Enough for a quick sketch, a few photos and a few lit candles and prayers and then off to the next destination. We were worn out by the end of it but very, very happy!