Essay on Justinian, Bishop and Attendants

1847 Words Apr 8th, 2013 8 Pages
Jonmundur Gretarsson
LA 120 OL9: Art History through the 15th Century
Assignment Final Essay
Lindsey King
Justinian, Bishop, and Attendants & Allegory of Good Government

Justinian, Bishop, and Attendants


Allegory of Good Government

In this essay I will discuss these two paintings and answer why they are both so unique for their time. I will also compare their content and context. I will also discuss how the mosaic Justinian and Attendants was used as means of political propaganda.

The beautiful church San Vitale was built in the 6th century in Ravenna, Italy. The Greek banker Julius Argentarius sponsored the construction of the church and it was built to honor Saint Vitalis for his Christian
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Governments were reinstated and overthrown. The fresco combines elements of secular life but also the importance of religion. The subject are the Good and Bad Government and how they effected the cities and villages.
The Allegory of the Good Government is on a small wall against the windows. It is the central piece and faces the windows to receive full light. There are three horizontal bands that hold up the parts. The figures of contemporary Siena are represented in the foreground. In the back are allegoric figures representing the Good Government. The groups are then connected by the procession of the Councilors. On the right side of the middle band there is a man with a crown that represents Siena and the Good Government. He is dressed in the colors of Balzana and holds an orb and scepter which symbolizes power. His identity is shown by the four letters on his head CSCV(Commune Saenorum Civitatis Virginis). The two children at his feet are the sons of the founders of Siena, Remus, Ascius and Senius. On each side of Siena the virtues of Good Government are represented by six crowned female figures. On the right side are Magnanimity, Temperance and Justice and on the left are Peace, Fortitude and Prudence. The figure of Justice is on the far left to balance the scales held by Wisdom. Wisdom represents the punishment and rewards through the form of Distributive Justice, she is with her left hand crowning a figure and

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