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Authors: Ravenna master mosaicist of Saint Apollinare in Classe  
Ravenna master mosaicist of Saint Vitale  
Contributors: Ursicinus  
Title: Ravenna, Basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Trasfigurazione, Sant'Apollinare
Start date: 535
End date: 549
Historical Period: Early Byzantine/Late Antique Period

Basilica of Saint Apollinaire in Classe, wall mosaic decoration, apse half-dome: Transfiguration and Saint Apollinare representations. Christ is represented by the jewelled cross framed in the blue clypeus, which is decorated with 99 golden stars; god’s figure is depicted on the small medallion on cross centre. Inscriptions are on clypeus extremities: Greek word “ixzus” is on top, Latin expression “salus mundi” is under cross base, Greek letters alpha and omega are beside cross branches. Moses and Elijah appear from clouds sideways central clypeus. Under the prophets, three sheep are depicted on a flowered grass looking to Christ’s representation and other twelve are depicted in line, next to Saint Apollinaris, who is standing in preying pose. The divine hand dextera dei is figured on scene top.

Place: Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Italy  
Languages: Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Medium: pâte de verre (glass)
gold (metal)
marble (rock)
mother of pearl
Project: BYZART Project  
Fond: Biblioteca Classense Mario Mazzotti Archive  
Physical type: wall coverings
Material and technique: mosaic (process)
Data provider: Museum of Ravenna  
License: All rights reserved
Rights holder: Polo Museale Emilia Romagna  
Appears in Collections:BYZART

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