Bridging Arts

Friday, 25 September 2015

Curtains to hide a multitude of sins

Love these curtains at the Basilica of Sant Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna (new in this case dating from circa 500 AD ) - which was built by the Ostrogoth King Theodoric the Great as his palace chapel.

This amazing mosaic (just part of two huge panels running the length of the apse) is thought to be a fairly accurate depiction of his palace and originally contained figures of praying Goths and courtiers.

These were cleverly concealed with these curtains when Ravenna became fully Christian later in the century - so that all that remains are their hands curving around the pillars....