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#2643: Empress Theodora

Photo 2643: Empress Theodora - San Vitale Basilica, Ravenna

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Photo ID
2643
Credit
Title
Empress Theodora
Caption
Detail of mosaic on the right wall of the apse, depicting Empress Theodora - courtesan, actress, and wife of Justinian - with her court. Corresponding to Justinian's paten on the other wall, the empress holds the cup of communion. "Embroidered" onto her robe is a small depiction of the Three Magi, indicating her intention to associate herself, as many Christian rulers have, with the biblical kings who brought gifts to the Christ Child.
Geotag
44.420617° N, 12.196380° E
Uploaded
December 2, 2009
Camera
Canon EOS 400D DIGITAL
ISO
1600