Pictures of San Vitale Byzantine Roman Mosaics, Ravenna { 51 images } Created 1 Apr 2016

Pictures images photos of the Byzantine Roman mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy. The Basilica of San Vitale was founded in 526 AD and was finished over 20 years later during the Exarchate of Ravenna when the city was under the control of The Byzantine Roman Empire. In 547 two mosaic panels were made on the Apse side wall of the Basilica of San Vitale. One depicts the Roman Emperor of the time, Justinian I, and the other his Empress Theodore. Both Justinian and Theodore are depicted with a saint like quality, both with Golden halos. The background of the panels is gold which was typical of the depictions of saints and scenes from the bible and new testament to be found in Byzantine Churches. It is clear from the depictions of Justinian and Theodore who gaze out of the mosaic panels with total confidence that they were both well assured in their status as rulers of the Roman Empire. Theodore is shown with all her worldly goods and jewellery and is about to take a cup of wine from an attendant. In the central Apse is a depiction of a young beardless Christ sitting on a globe which was made under Gothic Arian rule. He is offering the Martyrs crown with his right hand to San Vitale. On his left id an angel and Bishop Ecclesius who is offering a model of the Basilica of San Vitale. The rest of the Apse is decorated with scenes from the Bible such as the Sacrifice of Abraham.

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