What was the message of Theodora?
Justinian and his officials, unable to control the crowd prepared to flee, but Theodora spoke up and gave a moving speech about the greater significance of the life of someone who died as a ruler, over that of someone who lived but was nothing.
What is the theme of the mosaic Program of San Vitale in Ravenna?
A major theme of this mosaic program is the authority of the emperor in the Christian plan of history.
What is Theodora holding in the mosaic?
One mosaic shows Emperor Justinian carrying a gold paten while the mosaic on the opposite wall of the apse depicts Empress Theodora holding a gold chalice as they prepare to enter the church. The regents are about to participate in the offertory procession during the liturgical celebration.
How were saints shown in mosaics?
How were saints shown in mosaics? Mosaics with saints were featured in churches.
How can you tell that her speaking up was unusual Empress Theodora?
How can you tell that Theodora speaking up was unusual? Why does Theodora believe that flight is not the right choice? Theodora believes that giving up their status as nobility and becoming fugitives would be impossible for them, and she says she would rather face death because death is at least inevitable.
Why is the images of Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora present in San Vitale chapel?
It shows that the emperor derives his power from the church and the military. Theodora is holding a chalice, suggesting that she is part of the church.
What are the elements of the court of Empress Theodora mosaic 6th century AD Vitale Ravenna?
The building combines Roman elements: the dome, shape of doorways, and stepped towers; with Byzantine elements: polygonal apse, capitals, narrow bricks, and an early example of flying buttresses.
What relationship do the mosaics of San Vitale establish between Justinian and Theodora?
What relationship do the mosaics of San Vitale establish between Justinian and Theodora? The intention of stationing the mosaics in the church established the link between the Byzantine court and San Vitale, reflecting the “divine kingship” of Justinian, and honoring the royal couple as donors of the church.