Byzantine Art San Vitale, Ravenna

ByzantineArt: San Vitale, Ravenna

How represents the patron

Thiskind of art represents the eastern Roman Empire together with thecountries that inherited the cultural practices form the empire. Theempire was as result of the decline of Rome and it longed up to thefall of Constantinople which took place in 1453(Ching,Jarzombek and Prakash 15).

Culturalsignificance of

Theperiod aimed to link the classical roman with the contemporarybyzantine art as a way of harmonizing the history (Ching,Jarzombek and Prakash 28).It was to be utilized as a source of information about the right wayof exercising Christianity basing on the historical believes.

Symbolismassociated with

Thechurch is furnished with mosaics that form the matrimonuem which isused to represent married women. The mosaics in the lunettesrepresent the sacrifices that are highlighted in the Old Testament.

Architecturalinnovations of

Theshape of the church is octagonal so that it combines all romanelements by incorporating their cultural diversity and way of life.For instance, the dome shaped doorways that mark the manner in whichRomans built their houses (Ching,Jarzombek and Prakash 36).

Usesof icon in

Iconsare used to represent personalities that are considered to be moreadmired in the society. It is believed that such people are essentialin shaping the culture of the society.

Whyicons were banned in

Theicons were banned in this form of art because it was realized thatlife aspects do change from one generation to another. It is thusirrelevant to rely on the lives of past personalities to shape thecurrent life.


Thisis an era whereby the utilization of icons and images was beingobjected as one form of delivering messages among Christians.

Effectsof iconoclast on

Itleads to disconnection between the historical accounts and thecurrent situations because there is no emphasis on certain concepts.

Geographiclocation of

Thelocation is appropriate because it is the centre of the catholicreligion.


Ching,Francis D. K, Mark Jarzombek, and Vikramaditya Prakash. AGlobal History Of Architecture.Hoboken, N.J.: Wiley, 2011. Print.