The vandalization this week of the famous “Zodiac Mosaics” in a fourth-century synagogue in Israel is a great loss for us all (see Tweets). Whether in stone, glass, or ceramic, mosaic art has helped religion come alive through symbolism, story-telling and inscriptions. Indeed, in a recent NYTimes review of the Byzantium and Islam exhibit at the Met, Souren Melikian sited these mosaics as some of the “best Jewish art of its time.” We have great hopes for a splendid restoration of these important art treasures.
Many of liturgical art treasures of tomorrow are being created today by Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik and the Atelier of the Centro Aletti of Rome. Massive in scope and with a distinctly Eastern European influence, Fr. Rupnik’s mosaic designs now grace over 100 sacred spaces in Europe, the Middle East and America. Today’s BOM pays tribute to Fr. Rupnik with two articles and rare video interview with this eloquent and devoted artist.
We agree with Fr. Rupnik: Art – in any form – is the best way to communicate faith. Enjoy – Nancie