(active 6th century in Ravenna)

Procession of the male martyrs (detail)

6th century
Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna

This detail of the south wall shows part of the procession of male martyrs. The saints' names are labelled above them and they seem to walk in a naturalistic landscape featuring occasional flowers. However, the background of gold shimmering mosaic, rather than a blue sky, emphasizes the eternal, essential meaning rather than a local, historical, temporal narrative event.

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