Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 3:15-4:15 pm

Ravenna’s Baptisteries and their Mosaics
by Claudia Dobrinski, Universität Paderborn, Germany

This paper addresses the building history of the Neonian (Orthodox) Baptistery in Ravenna focusing upon its internal decoration, chiefly mosaics, and incrustations. In this analysis, new dates for the different building phases are put forth. Secondly, this orthodox baptistery will be compared to the Arian one, with particular reference to the mosaic of the Apostles’ at the cupola in both of them and their different interpretations.