Ravenna, Italy: Battistero Degli Ariani: Ceiling 1

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Sheppard, Beth M.
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5/21/2017
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Italy , Ravenna , Battistero Degli Ariani , Arian Baptistery , Arian Baptistry , Ceilings , Mosaics , Jesus Christ in Art , John the Baptist in Art , Holy Spirit in Art , Doves in Art , Jordan River in Art
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Interior view directly below the domed ceiling of the Battistero degli Ariani (Arian Baptistery; Arian Baptistry). The mosaic decoration features John the Baptist as he baptizes Christ in the Jordan River; the Holy Spirit appears as a dove and the River Jordan as an old man with red horns, wearing a long green loincloth. The outermost mosaic register showcases the empty throne of the Ethymasia, symbolizing the second coming of Christ. It includes a jeweled cross resting on a purple cushion and a representation of the twelve apostles.
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