Nov. 13th: Ravenna

Today was our first full day in Ravenna. It was also the last day we had with Pri. We started out the day with a nice introduction on the progression and basic history in front of the Basilica San Vitale. We quickly walked into the area only to avoid San Vitale completely in an effort to preserve the chronological integrity of our learning experience. We continued on the path to the mausoleum of Galla Placidia. The outside was rather bland, but the inside was full of colorful glass mosaics. “Wow” we all thought when we walked in the mausoleum. Or at least that’s what we all should have thought. I definitely thought it.

After that, we went to a very confusing museum. It was great and had two extraordinary works and other more ordinary yet still important works. When we were supposed to meet up to leave, we all didn't make it out there in time. You see, Brett and I got lost. It wasn't that bad. You can't get too lost in a building after all. We got out of there finally and went to lunch.

After lunch, we went to the two baptisteries illustrating the differences between the Arian and Orthodox mosaics. Finally, we went to the wonderful church of S. Apollonare Nuovo. It was one of the more fun parts of the day, with incredible mosaics. The End

We bid adieu to Pri. She's a pretty cool cat if I do say so myself. And I do say so myself.



Photos by Yuhang:

Church right next to our hotel.
The leaning tower of Ravenna. Well, at least one of them.
Waiting for the Prof to get the tickets.
The exterior of San Vitale.
Galla Placidia. Yeah!
Depiction of San Lorenzo.
The Good Shepherd.
Representations of the Four Evangelists: Matthew (the angel), Mark (the lion), Luke (the bull), and John (the eagle).
It's almost someone's birthday…
Nice color balance. We didn't even plan this arrangement.
Augustus as Mars Ultor and Livia as Venus Genetrix on the Ravenna Relief.

Checking out the Ravenna Relief.

Display in the museum featuring local elementary school students' interpretations of Roman grave stele. So cute.

Group photo with Pri!

Mosaics in the Orthodox Baptistry.

Mosaics in the Arian Baptistry.

Procession of the 12 Apostles.

Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. Not to be confused with Sant'Apollinare in Classe, which we will see tomorrow.

Representations of Theodoric's Palace within the church.

The Magi and the Virgin Mary.



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