The mosaics of the Assunta in Torcello: a Venetian wonder
Experts have debated – and still do, in part – about the exact dating of the mosaics of the Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta in Torcello (Venice).
These important works – including the Virgin Hodegetria, Apostles, Christ Pantocrator, the Annunciation, the Ascension, Doctors of the Church, the Agnus Dei, the Crucifixion, the Anastasis and the cycle of the Last Judgment – are usually thought to have been created between the 7th and the 12th century.
The mosaics, and especially the ones on the inner façade – that is, the six horizontal sections representing the Crucifixion, the Anastasis and the Last Judgment, which date back to between the end of the 11th and the early 12th century – bear testimony to the beginning of Venetian art’s separation from the influences of Ravenna and Byzantium.
The Basilica in Torcello, dedicated to Holy Mary Mother of God, was first built in the year 639. It was later expanded in 826 and rebuilt in 1008, when it was dedicated to Santa Maria Assunta.
Here are some of its beautiful mosaics.