EARLY CHRISTIAN PAINTER, Byzantine
(active 5th century in Ravenna)

Aristocratic Woman with her Children

5th century
Glass
Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia

This glass painting is on the lower end of the famous 9th-century Cross of Desiderius, surrounded by gems. The legendary interpretation identifies the sitters as Empress Galla Placidia (c. 390-450) and her children Emperor Valentinian III and Honoria.