Very difficult light, see WS too
Mausoleum of Galla Placidia
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The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is a Roman mausoleum in Ravenna, Italy. It is one of the eight structures in Ravenna that were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 1996. As the UNESCO experts reasoned, "it is the earliest and best preserved of all mosaic monuments, and at the same time one of the most artistically perfect".
The mausoleum is laid out in a Greek cross plan with barrel vaults over the four transepts and central dome on pendentives. On the exterior, the dome is enclosed in a square tower that rises above the lateral, gabled wings. The surface is covered in bricks with narrow mortar joints, with blind arcades.
The building (formerly the oratory of a wider church of the Holy Cross) contains three sarcophagi; it was said that the largest was that of Galla Placidia, (died 450, daughter of the Roman Emperor Theodosius I), and that her embalmed body was deposited there in a sitting position, clothed with the imperial mantle; in 1577, however, the contents of the sarcophagus were accidentally burned. The sarcophagus to the right is attributed to Emperor Valentinian III or to Galla Placidia's brother, Emperor Honorius. The one on the left is attributed to Galla Placidia's husband, Emperor Constantius III.
It is not currently used as a mausoleum, however, and it is unknown what the building’s intended purpose was when it was built. The most common story is that the structure was built by Galla Placidia, a well-known patron of the arts in the fifth century, to be used as a mausoleum for her and her family. There seems to be no evidence to prove or disprove Galla’s connection to the building. The mausoleum was once connected to the narthex of the now in ruins Santa Croce, the church for the imperial palace, built in 417. Santa Croce was one of Galla’s first commissioned buildings. The floor has been raised five feet since the fifth century in order to match the rising water of the upper Adriatic coast.
The interior is covered in rich Byzantine mosaics, and light enters through alabaster window panels. The center of the dome holds a gold cross against a blue sky of stars and evangelist symbols among the clouds. The inside contains two famous mosaic lunettes, with the rest of the space full of mosaics of Christian symbols and Apocalyptic symbols. The central bay’s upper walls are decorated with four pair of apostles and alabaster windows. These apostles are acclaiming a giant gold cross, the symbol of the death and resurrection of Christ, in the center of the dome. Among the apostles, we recognize St. Peter and St. Paul. The lunette over the North entrance shows a mosaic of the Good Shepherd tending his flocks. Christ appears as the Good Shepherd and is the focal point of the composition. Christ is holding an imperial staff joined to the Christian cross, symbolizing the combined earthly and heavenly domains. The lunette over the South wall presents a representation widely though to be St. Lawrence, standing next to a flaming gridiron. On the other side, there is a bookcase holding four books, each inscribed with the name of an evangelist. An art historian, Gillian Mackie, believes the panel actually pictures St. Vincent of Saragossa, a Spanish saint. Mackie’s argument mentions Galla’s connection to Spain, which may have caused her to choose a Spanish saint over an Italian saint like St. Lawrence. Galla lived in Spain for a crucial period of her life and after losing both her husband and son in Spain, Galla, a pious Christian, may have developed a devotion to Spain’s leading martyr. St. Vincent was a known and celebrated saint throughout the Roman world who died when he was sewn into a weighted shroud and thrown into the sea. This could have held personal significance with Galla, who, with her children, had been saved from death by shipwreck. The panel seems to be an illustration of the poem about St. Vincent in Prudentius’ fifth century Passio Sancti Vincent Martyris. In the poem, St. Vincent is being ordered to disclose his sacred books to be burned. This explains the cupboard containing the Gospels which has no satisfactory explanation for St. Lawrence. The sensitive mixing of themes and motifs in the mausoleum shows the dedication of Galla to seeking a thoroughly Roman resting place
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snunney (98241) 2010-07-21 6:05
A superb capture of this fantastic ceiling. You have succeeded in producing an image of great depth and beautiful intricate detail. Lovely colours and excellent clarity. Very well done.
yeln (11516) 2010-07-21 6:10
here you made a great yob in dificuld conditions.
Fellini (6407) 2010-07-21 6:14
Mi sembra di averla già vista questa!
John_F_Kennedy (43665) 2010-07-21 6:18
Wonderful shot, so nice and beautiful inside architecture. Perfect managed
Sergiom (78457) 2010-07-21 7:04
Très impressionnant plafond. La gestion de la lumière est superbe et fait ressortir magnifiquement tous les détails.
Bonne journée mon ami
Nicou (141100) 2010-07-21 7:56
fantastiqeu compo et détial, quelle architecture, ce plafon est de toute beauté, une merveille, quel travail de l'artiset qui l'a peint, cete forme arrondie, suepr cadrage et compo.
Bravo et amitié
buscape (6219) 2010-07-21 8:11
fine shot of this beautiful ceiling with good depth and colours. You have managed the difficult light conditions very well and with nice sharpness to see the a lot of details.
lousat (90604) 2010-07-21 8:29
Ciao Silvietto,vedo con piacere che il tipo del WS di ieri non si e' presentato...hehe...meglio di cosi' non si poteva fare...complimenti e buona serata..Luciano
ciakgiak (30431) 2010-07-21 9:55
hai ragione tu, in queste condizioni credo non si potesse far di meglio... effetto notevolissimo!
ymrk (15079) 2010-07-21 11:23
Fantastic imaging that great graphical perspective on my opposite.And its figures,quite affective!
emka (96356) 2010-07-21 13:06
It is great that you show here the marvels of Ravenna. It was difficult light but you succeeded. It is lucky that it is possible to make photos there. In many such places it is not allowed. I hope to see San Vitale
paololg (31448) 2010-07-21 14:47
Che bella! Stupenda immagine, piacevolmente simmetrica ma soprattutto con una eccellente qualità fotografica che ci permette di ammirare ed apprezzare la bellezza di questa volta ricamata. Un tipp di foto che apprezzo particolarmente, bravissimo!
Ciao, buon giovedì!
BluSimo (9392) 2010-07-21 14:57
Ciao caro Silvio
è vero, la luce qui è molto difficile, il luogo è molto scuro e tu hai fatto un miracolo qui ad ottenere questi blu e queste dorature.
bravo, mi hai messo la pulce nella.. reflex con queste foto di Ravenna, mi sa che potrebbe essere una bella tappa per una giornata di foto anche per me.
grazie, un abbraccio
AKITA (15125) 2010-07-21 18:58
it is like the starry sky...
splendid repetitional patters on curved ceiling,
and wonderful painting of Christ on semi sphere wall,
very well designed inner decorations, and your excellent capturing,
thank you for your beautiful shot,
shevchenko (20516) 2010-07-21 22:49
Amazing, what an old architecture that full with artistic works inside, good frame to the curve, clear to show the colourful murals, distinct interior photo, well done.
danos (97395) 2010-07-22 0:50
nice presentation of the interior of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia with the very difficult light to be managed perfect.I like the details of the dome as the informative note.
Have a nice day,Danos
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-07-22 1:47
Ciao Silvio! Wonderful vaulting, superb paint, excellent colours, good contrast and sharpness. Very good POV! Well done!
kordinator (20515) 2010-07-22 2:26
An amazing capture of this fantastic ceiling.
Great depth and beautiful intricate detail.
Lovely colours and excellent clarity.
jhm (152164) 2010-07-22 3:48
I like the round form of the ceiling, also wonderful drawings and a nice painting in background.
Wonderful perspective, good of colors.
Nice composition and good presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
siamesa (28117) 2010-07-24 1:43
Bom dia Silvio
Marvelous this picture in the ceiling. A beautiful photo. I read something about Gala Placidia after see your picture.Excellent photo . TFS.
Mari63 (4085) 2010-07-24 23:54
Ciao Silvio, il Mausoleo di Galla Placidia mi piace molto per i mosaici a sfondo blu e i disegni geometrici. Eccellente inquadratura con ottima gestione della luce.
ikeharel (70607) 2011-04-10 9:44
Buona sera Silvio,
Inspite of low light, as noted, you managed a wonderful photo of the painted ceiling.
Clear details of the repeating theme in blue - and the biblical painting on far side, good take from lowrr POV.
*** If you'll allow me a Ws - I lowered backlight effect and the result show more details, so just let me know.
Guenther (10915) 2011-11-22 9:01
che stupende foto del mausoleo di Galla Placidia! Ci sono stato pochi giorni fa e so che poca luce c'è lì dentro, non sono riuscito a fare foto appena accettabili ... compliemnti e thanks for sharing!
Miguel82 (27674) 2014-06-14 6:47
These superb patterns painted on these walls are a tribute to the old Roman period Silvio, a precious archeological site to save and highlight, regards