Ravenna, Italy: Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo: Procession of Female Saints

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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21-May-17
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Italy , Ravenna , Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo , Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo , Naves , Byzantine Art , Mosaics , Female Saints in Art
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Mosaic art of a procession of female saints on the north side of the nave in the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo (Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo) in Ravenna, Italy. Mosaics representing King Theodoric's Arianism--or his family--were probably reflected in the original mosaics; they would have been heretical to the Byzantines, and were replaced. The martyred women of the mosaic are moving west to east in the church's nave. Not shown in the photograph is that they are led by the three Magi and are walking toward the enthroned Virgin and Child. Each female saint is haloed, carries a crown, and wears elaborate clothing.
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