Saturday, October 19, 2013

Baptistry of San Giovanni (Chapel of Santa Rufina)

Following day before yesterday's mention, I thought I'd share a few photographs of this small but very sacred space with readers.

Standing behind the altar (which is possible) is the best place to get a full view of Christ in this beautiful 5th century mosaic.

Christ appears surrounded by the rippling, energetic forces of heavenly energies.

And is flanked by angelic hosts.

The almost comically ruddy cheeks are, by the way, a common feature in these early mosaics. Despite their apparent crudity, they are surprisingly effective from a distance.

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