Historiarum Ravennatum libri decem

Name of text: Historiarum Ravennatum libri decem
Author of text: H. Rossi
Date of text: 1572
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: S. John the Evangelist/S. Giovanni Evangelista
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text Built in 5th C by Galla Placidia
Century of structure 1: 5 AD
Century of structure 2:
Country in text: Italy
Region in text:
City in text: Ravenna
Specific place of mosaic in text: Walls, apse, arches, vaults
Description of mosaic in text:

Walls: Galla Placidia’s peril at sea and her vow.  Apse: Christ presenting book to John the Evangelist flanked by glassy sea with two storm-tossed ships.  Seven chandeliers and other symbols from the Apocalypse.  Images of Constantine, Valentinian, Gratian and other members of the royal family. Arch of the apse: Constantine, Theodosios I, Arcadios, Honorios, Theodosios Nepos [son of GP], Valentinian II, Gratian and John Nepos [brothers of GP].  Near choir bench: Theodosios II and Eudokia and their children Arcadios and Eudoxia.  Middle of apse vault: Christ Pantokrator on a throne surrounded by 12 books.  Peter Chrysogolus saying mass.  Most of the images accompanied by inscriptions.

Mosaic date in text: 5 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text:

H. Rossi, Historiarum Ravennatum libri decem (Venice: Paolo Manuzio, 1572), pp. 85-86, quoted in Caecilia Davis-Weyer, Early Medieval Art: 300-1150 (Canada: University of Toronto Press, 1986), pp. 16-17.

See also:

Muntz, Eugene, ‘The Lost Mosaics of Ravenna’, The American Journal of Archaeology and of the History of the Fine Arts, 1.2/3 (1885), 115-130, see pp. 118-121


Comments: All the mosaics were destroyed in 1568 by Abbot Aldrovandi.

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