Ravenna, Italy: Basilica of San Vitale: Left Lunette of the Presbytery: Three Angels

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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5/22/2017
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Italy , Ravenna , Basilica San Vitale , Presbytery , Lunettes , Byzantine Art , Mosaics , Hand of God in Art , Angels in Art
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Partial image of the central mosaic in the left lunette of the Presbytery, Basilica San Vitale (Basilica of St. Vitale; Church of Saint Vitale) in Ravenna, Italy. The featured mosaic contains two episodes from the life of Abraham. The photo shows part of the left episode, in which Abraham receives word from three angels seated at a table under a leafy oak tree that Sarah will give birth to a son, Isaac. The photo is a detail of the three angels with golden halos, but part of the right episode is visible: the hand of God appears above the angel on the right, to stay the sword of Abraham, who is about to sacrifice his son at God's demand.
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