San Vitale, Ravenna

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San Vitale is one of the most important surviving examples of Byzantine architecture and mosaic work. It was begun in 526 or 527 under Ostrogothic rule. It was consecrated in 547 and completed soon after. Speakers: Dr. Beth Harris, Dr. Steven Zucker. Created by Beth Harris and Steven Zucker.

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Author — Alexander Nixon


Saying that Ravenna was distant from the capital of the empire is maybe misleading. It had been the capital of the Western Roman Empire during its final years, and subsequently served as the capital of the Ostrogoths under Theodoric. It was during this time that San Vitale was begun. While the church was finished after the Eastern Romans, whose capital was Constantinople, captured the city, Ravenna was still one of the most important cities in Italy.

Author — KorKhan89


Empress Theodora was a BAD ASS. She was born to a very low status in life, there aren't even any records validating her birth. After becoming an orphan, she found work as an "actress" to support herself. To be an "actress" in Byzantine Rome meant that she was also considered or associated with prostitutes. She earned money as an adult entertainer and courtesan. Her charm and intelligence made her extremely popular, especially with powerful members of the Empire. When Justinian met her, he was smitten. When he rose to power, he abolished a law stating that he could not marry women from the "actress" profession and made her the Emperess. She proved to be extremely smart, progressive and an adept ruler. She was a firm advocate for women in her empire (passing many laws), and was remembered for her nonconformity to gender roles. She ruled as an equal with Justinian.

Author — koi boi


Ravenna was the last capital of the Western Roman Empire, the capital of the Ostrogothic Kingdom and the Exarchate of Ravenna and Italy after Roman Emperor Justinian reconquered the area for the Roman Empire which was ruled from Constantinople.

Author — Daniel Wilson


I think that this "inaudible" piece in minute 4 or so should be "mandorla"

Author — aleksander gomola


Eastern Roman empire.. Beautiful art!

Author — KILL BILL


An absolutely brilliant and concise presentation. Thank you so much.

Author — John V


Thank you so much. that was very helpful  :)

Author — Phyo Phyo Zin


THANK YOU FOR THIS! i learned so much :)

Author — Lamentorrode


Intresting, though I don't think most people will understand the depiction of the beardless Christ in the east, unless they studied Martin Buber's work the Ledgend of the Baal Shem. The Lamb on the is also a representation of the Ram of Able, from the old Testiment.

Author — Trancemutator


well, get in there it's definitely a kind of magic, an experience I strongly recommend!

Author — Filippo Rossi


I very much appreciate your work. I'm watching everything on your channel, since i'm studying for my art history exam and one thing that stuck in my mind is the delivery of information. Don't get me wrong, it helps me a lot, but i would prefer a more natural approach on subjects, so whispering doesn't emphasize the effect. I believe you both are passionate about art, but i definitely guess it's tyring to speak in the same manner about art in real life. :)) You have lots of important things to say and i'm grateful for that, just wanted to share my own vision. Thanks <3

Author — Zagorodniuc Nicoleta


Excelente material, muy didactico, me sirve para la materia historia del arte, saludos

Author — Nahuel julian Moreno


07:41 ??? How on earth does that chap wear the same purple while it's obviously seen withered green ?

Author — nasip kismet


Fantastic video, but did I miss it or did you not point out Belisarius and Narses standing behind and to either side of Justinian in the mosaic?  

Author — James


Pour ce ? ki,





I thought Maximinus was holding the Bible.

Author — Pimsleurable


Seeing this kind of a video brings up so many questions...
were the people who created these magnificient buildings the equivalent of film directors or entrepreneurs of our time?
or were they tyrants who used slave labour?
why do ancient buildings have so much thought and intricate art/architecture in their design, while modern buildings are so lacklustre and bland? are we losing touch with excellence? or do we have much larger human accomplishments, e.g. going to space, that such buildings don't really count for much?

I'd love to get an expert's opinion on this..

Author — Akshay 28392


One aspect that wasn't mentioned was the misalignment of the figure of Maximianus in the mosaic with Justinian. Maximianus' upper body and lower body don't match up appropriately; he looks severed.

Author — Eris Discord


no e entendido nada pero da igual voy a suspender igual

Author — luis palma