Ravenna, Italy: Mausoleum of Galla Placidia: Alpha and Omega on Ceiling 1

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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5/22/2017
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Italy , Ravenna , Mausoleo di Galla Placidia , Galla Placidia Mausoleum , Mausoleum of Galla Placidia , Byzantine Art , Mosaics , Alpha and Omega in Art , Chi-Rho in Art , Grape Vines in Art , Acanthus Leaves in Art
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Ceiling mosaic of a barrel vault in the Mausoleo di Galla Placidia (Galla Placidia Mausoleum; Mausoleum of Galla Placidia) in Ravenna, Italy. A central medallion victory wreath contains a Chi-Rho, which is the first two letters of Christ's name in Greek (XP), flanked by the beginning and end symbology of the Alpha and Omega, which are also Greek letters. The grape vines (which grow from acanthus leaves at their bases) twine around the medallion and are representative of the wine of the Last Supper--the blood of Christ. Amid the vines are two men, each with a scroll; in this photograph, we see only one of the men.
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