Basilica of San Vitale

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  • Power In San Vitale

    It is not uncommon for cathedrals in the Byzantine Empire to be used as status of prosperity and power, rather than being solely places of worship. San Vitale is known for the incredible mosaics that create a focus on Justinian, Theodora, and other political figures which make it more of a glorification of the emperor than a religious building. How much decadence and lavishness is acceptable before the focus of this church becomes more about paying respects to the people in power in the time it was built, rather than giving glory to God? The goal of this paper is to ask the question, and possibly come to the conclusion of whether or not having a cathedral to glorify God was first priority, or was it used by Justinian to show the great power…

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  • Gothic Church Persuasive Essay

    With Christianity spreading along the Mediterranean, Christina congregations needed buildings to accommodate large number of converts. Constantine, the first Christina emperor decided to build the Basilica of San Peter on the Vatican Hill in Italy Rome in an area that had been formerly a cemetery where according to the traditions Peter was crucified. The principal portion of the Basilica, the nave was very long. Two aisles ran along the side of the nave making it wider. In the west part of the…

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  • How Did Byzantine Art Influence Early Christian Art

    featured religious subjects such as depicting the life of Christ. Many of the practices that where featured in early Christian art were further explored during the Byzantine period. For example mosaics had began to rise in popularly during early Christian art the Byzantine period went out of it’s was to further refine the art form. Sadly, not many Byzantine artworks survived as the Byzantine period went through several waves of iconoclasm or the act of destroying religious figures. Started by…

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  • Justinian Religion

    This emphasizes the affect that Justinian’s artistic campaign had on his people. He convinced people of his god-like power. At one brief point during his reign he was able to push back the north and take back the whole empire, so he had to make his mark in Ravenna. He built the church of San Vitale. The church, in the Roman tradition, was built using a central plan and an axial route. There was a big apes to accommodate the grand scale of the liturgy. The central apsidal mosaic in the church was…

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  • Visual Ideas In Creating Art

    Creating art is, as some say, the indication of mystery in excellence or God; it is a diversion in which man lets off an overabundance of steam [stored energy]; otherwise it is the outflow of feelings by man’s psyche, and most of all; it is pleasure; however, considering everything, it is a method of social unity amongst mankind; consoling them in similar feelings and forever extending the shared common visual language of the world. Through new visual ideas introduced by artists, categories of…

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  • Theodora And Her Attendants Analysis

    Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres’s Napoleon on His Imperial Throne, 1860, and the mosaic Theodora and Her Attendants, ca. 547, both illustrate powerful individuals from the time periods. While both artworks are about powerful leaders they have a wide stretch of time between them. The mosaic of Theodora and Her Attendants is a part of the Byzantine art era. Byzantine art was art produced in the middle ages, and usually centered in Constantinople. The artwork from this time were very connected with…

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  • Theodora's Impact On The Byzantine Empire

    Theodora’s Impact Theodora was the wife of Justinian, the emperor of the Byzantine Empire. She, in addition she is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church, where she is immortalized with a mosaic painting on the walls of the Basilica of San Vitale. She is acknowledged for being the most influential empress in the history of Byzantine times. Her intelligence made her Justinian’s most trusted advisor and co-regent. Although she did not have the best background, she succeeded in co-leading the…

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  • Mosaics In The Ancient World

    fine and natural shading is achieved on the mask, while the fruit appear round and full. Compared to the mosaics from the house of Ganymede, this theater mask makes use of a much wider range of colors and finer details are created through extremely small tesserae. In the theater mask, the tiles are as fine in some areas as 1,600 for each decimeter square (Talgam, 9). Interestingly, this mosaic was quite possibly not crated in Israel, but rather shipped there from where it was originally created.…

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  • Differences And Similarities Between Christianity And Islam

    others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account..." (ESV) The most well-known early Christian art is found in the Christian Roman Catacombs. The catacomb artwork is carved out of the tufa rock, and represents many important symbols and stories in Christianity. For instance, the story of the Good Shepherd, Jonah, Lazarus, Noah, feeding the many with bread and fish, and Refrigerium, which is symbolic of the Lord’s Supper. The Dome of Heaven is also…

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