Windlebrook Decorative & Fine Arts Society
Windlebrook Decorative & Fine Arts Society
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Symphonies in Colour: the Mosaics of Ravenna
Jane Angelini
Thursday 19 October 2017

Ravenna with its cluster of 5th and 6th century churches, baptistries and mausoleums contains some of the finest examples of early Christian art, a kaleidoscopic array of glittering wall mosaics. This was an art form in which the Byzantines excelled, producing examples of truly outstanding beauty and technical perfection in Ravenna. Dante describes the mosaics as “a great symphony of colour, their chief characteristics being clarity, harmony, brilliant colours and a decorative rhythmic design”. This is my most popular lecture.