|Three art class friends: Dave "Les" Johnson, me, Don "TB" Johnson circa 1975. Note the book to the right of Don!|
There's a college teacher from my past that I wish I could go back to thank for her wonderful intro to Constantinople /Istanbul. Mrs. Brown was an adjunct in the Art Department at North Park College who taught Art History; world traveller extraordinaire. She changed the way I thought about history by way of passion for the art that was created during the making of history.
Never before did I actually wear out a textbook!
Imagine my delight in seeing some of the places I had studied in this textbook while on our recent trip to Istanbul:
Haghia Sophia (Ayasofya) "The Church of Holy Wisdom"
It is more than 1,400 years old with a long history including a devastating fire, earthquakes and a tenure as a mosque.
The interior Of Haghia Sophia is breath-taking.
Again I will refer to my textbook for another look at the treasures inside:
Many were uncovered only in recent years.
Mrs. Brown also taught us about the Basilica Cistern nearby dating from the reign of Justinian 1 in the 6th century.
|A marble Medusa head is one of two column bases in the cistern. She's upside down...how did that happen?|
|Here Leonardo stands at the base of the Hippodrome. It is believed that this carved monument||is only 1/3 of its original height.|
Forever I will be grateful to Mrs. Brown for introducing me to the history of art.
If you know anything about her - including her first name- please let me know.
She is not to be found in any of my yearbooks. Or in a Google search.
Here seems to be the only place to give a huge THANK YOU for the
difference she made in my life!