This film documents the conservation and restoration work carried out by the Byzantine Institute at Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. It illustrates the following locations, scenes, or subjects: natural light passing through the apse, inner narthex, and then galleries; decorative mosaic details; inner narthex above the royal doors; mosaic of an emperor before Christ enthroned; south vestibule lunette of Justinian and Constantine before the Virgin enthroned and Christ child. Filmed 1936 and 1940 on a 16mm Kodak Chrome Safety Film. Please go here for more information: doaks.org/icfa/moving-image-collections/hagia-sophia.
Film: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul: Light Study, Narthex, and South Vestibule Mosaics, The Byzantine Institute and Dumbarton Oaks Fieldwork Records and Papers, ca. late 1920s-2000s, MS.BZ.004-02-04, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University, Washington, D.C.