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Theodora Mosaic, Ravenna

Theodora Mosaic, Ravenna

The most commonly remarked upon subtext in this mosaic is the richness of the Theodora’s portrayal compared to that of Justinian. Note, not only the increased richness in detail of her dress and her environment (the fountain, her entering the Basilica, but even the folds of her dress (showing the three kings from the Basilica Apollonaire Nuovo), are different.

The disposition of Theodora is majestic, bordering on supernatural, while Justinian looks mean and rough in comparison.

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