02 September 2008

Mary At Ravenna

Mary and Christ Child, Sant' Apollinare

Is this the first image of Jesus as a child?
In the other mosaics of this program and site, the Christ figure is portrayed as a preacher, healer, and ruler. This image portrays him as a child, the precedent for this is unknown to me. In the other two nearby sites that antedate this building, the Neonian Baptistery and Galla Placida, the portrayal of the Christ figure is as an adult.

Ravenna Page

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