The most beautiful art in Italy? Ravenna’s Byzantine mosaics, of course

These Byzantine mosaics from the 6th and 7th centuries are a must-see on your trip to Italy. Naples is dirty, Venice smells, Rome and Florence are over-run by tourists. but Ravenna, Ravenna is where it’s at.

The images below are from the Church of San Vitale.

DSCN1522 (1).JPGDSCN1554 (1).JPGAbove is a depiction of what is called “The binding of Isaac” in the Jewish tradition and “The sacrifice of Isaac” in the Christian and Islamic traditions. Do the different names for this story have any significance?



DSCN1516.JPGEmperor Justinian in the middle, an image we see in many World History textbooks.








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