Art History

"A good painter has two chief objectives to paint - man and the intensity of his soul. The former is easy, the latter hard, for it must be expressed by gestures and movement of limbs."
San Vitale
526-547 C.E., Ravenna, Italy
centrally planned church
in honor of Saint Vitalis
octagonal exterior and interior octagonal arrangement of 8 piers
odd angle of narthex 
central space extend to include clerestory to allow light to illuminate mosaics on its walls

San Vitale

526-547 C.E., Ravenna, Italy

  • centrally planned church
  • in honor of Saint Vitalis
  • octagonal exterior and interior octagonal arrangement of 8 piers
  • odd angle of narthex 
  • central space extend to include clerestory to allow light to illuminate mosaics on its walls
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