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Fairfield University Features Exhibition On Byzantine Sacred Art

"Vaults Of Heaven: Visions Of Byzantium" is on display at Fairfield University.
"Vaults Of Heaven: Visions Of Byzantium" is on display at Fairfield University. Photo Credit: Contributed

FAIRFIELD, Conn. -- A photography exhibition, called "Vaults Of Heaven: Visions Of Byzantium" by Turkish photographer Ahmet Ertug, will be on display at Fairfield University until Sept. 16.

The exhibition features eight large-scale works of art by Ertug. It features Byzantine sacred art, preserved in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire and the Cappadocia region of Turkey.

The exhibition documents the interiors of three churches -- the Karankik Kilise (Dark Church), the New Church of Tokali (Buckle Church) and the Meryem Ana Kilisesi (Church of the Mother of God) -- each more than 900 years old.

The photographs include images of church interiors and close-up views of wall paintings depicting scenes from the life of Christ and images of saints. All of the structures seen in the photographs are designated United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations World Heritage sites.

Trained as an architect, Ertug practiced in England, Iran and Turkey. He took up photography during a year-long fellowship to study architecture in Japan, where he traveled extensively and photographed ancient temples, Zen gardens and festivals.

Returning to his native country, Ertug had an epiphany of sorts, declaring "the foundation of creativity is the profound knowledge of one's heritage." Guided by that maxim, he has photographed much of Istanbul's Byzantine, Ottoman and Roman remains using a large-format camera that enabled him to capture their full effect.

Ertug’s work has been exhibited around the world and is on permanent display in Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

The exhibition is at the Bellarmine Museum of Art at Fairfield University, 1073 N. Benson Road. For museum hours, click here.

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