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Item Details
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Culture
Italian
Title
Ravenna, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
Work Type
Mausoleum; photographs
Location
Italy, Ravenna
Material
black and white photography
Measurements
13.5 x 10.2 cm
Description
This small cruciform building was erected between c. 425 and 450 as an ante-chapel of the church of Santa Croce (destr.) and dedicated to St Lawrence. It was almost certainly not used as the tomb of Galla Placidia. Its plain exterior of blind arcades and pilasters contrasts with the predominant blue, green and gold interior, which contains one of the best-preserved Early Christian mural mosaics. In the lunettes of the cross-arms are representations of the Good Shepherd, the Martyrdom of St Lawrence, harts at the fountain of life and doves drinking from vases. Pairs of Apostles stand in the lunettes of the central square, which rises to a star-spangled vault with a cross in the middle, perhaps representing the dome of heaven. The arrangement of non-figural motifs over the curved planes of domes and vaults, and of figural scenes mostly on vertical walls, suggests that certain rules governed the distribution of these elements of decoration, which were delineated by ornamental bands. The side-arms of the building contain three sarcophagi, but only one, depicting a trinity of lambs between palms, is thought to be of 5th-century workmanship.Grove Dictionary of Art
Repository
Washington University (Saint Louis, Mo.) Art & Architecture Library
Subject
Burial;Architecture;Religious
Source
Volume 13: Northern Italy Page 52
Image Materials/Technique
albumen paper
Rights
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1354623.fpx
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