Monday, June 11, 2018

Archbishop's Palace, Ravenna

Our last stop on the mosaic trail was at the Archbishop's Palace, now a museum, which contains a tiny oratory dedicated to St Andrew from around 495 AD. Photos were not allowed in here, so I took a couple anyway (sorry).


A militant Christ trampling the beasts
The rest of the museum contains a bit of a hodgepodge of various paintings, mosaic fragments, ivories, statues etc. To be honest, I didn't find it all that memorable, but I enjoyed looking back through my photos and remembering what there was to see there. 

One highlight is the reconstructed chapel frescoes by da Rimini, from the church of Santa Chiara (early 14th century)




The lighting and damage made them hard to photograph, but they had a delicate beauty



As usual, I also enjoyed taking photos of various quirky objects:

Sexy boar
Sexy mermaid (hello Starbucks)

'Tis but a scratch
Pharmacy reconstruction

Wolf infestation



I didn't take any pictures of one of the glories of the museum, the ivory throne of Archbishop Maximianus (who showed up in the San Vitale mosaics), and the internet doesn't seem to have many pictures of it either, but it's pretty special:

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