Apse Mosaic from the Church of San Michele in Africisco, Ravenna (Bode Museum, Berlin, Germany, Ident. Nr. 6642) : Detail, apse reveal decorated with vine and doves, symbolizing the Apostles, Archangel Michael to the right

Creator:
Unknown
Published/Created:
Museum Island; Skulpturensammlung und Museum für Byzantinische Kunst, Bode Museum, Berlin, Germany
ca. 545-546
Physical Description:
432 cm (height) x 615 cm (length)
Date Depicted:
4/26/2009
Materials:
stone and glass tesserae
Notes:
The mosaic was acquired by the museum in 1844, but was much restored when moved from Ravenna in 1843. The physician saints Cosmus and Damian are depicted on the spandrel. In the apse, a youthful Christ stands in a paradise landscape against a golden background, flanked by the archangels Michael and Gabriel. The open book in his left hand has the Latin verses, "he who sees me, sees the father " (John 14.9) and "I and the father are one" (John 10.30). A narrow frieze of vine which is populated on both sides by (originally) six fluttering doves, symbols of the twelve apostles, decorates the apse reveal. The top band has Christ in judgment flanked by the archangels and the seven angels of revelation, standing in a sea mixed with fire. The small basilica of San Michele in Africisco was financed by banker Giuliano Argentario as a votive offering to Archangel Michael,consecrated in 547. The term “Africisco” is probably connected to the antique region of Phrygia, in Asia Minor.
Variant Titles:
Apsismosaik aus der Kirche San Michele in Africisco zu Ravenna
Topics:
Architecture -- Turkey -- 6th century -- (YVRC)
Mosaics -- Turkey -- 6th century -- (YVRC)
Period/Style:
Byzantine
Early Christian
Culture:
Byzantine
Accession Number:
7A3-EC-BOM-AMR-A05
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
mosaics (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Furnishings & Decorative Arts
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
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Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
visual works; mosaics (visual works)
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Addition Module Eight
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
4/26/2009 12:00:00 AM
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2013; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Original Repository:
Berlin, Germany: Bode-Museum
Local Record Number:
4654
OID:
10903979
PID:
digcoll:1847600