Ravenna – The ceiling mosaic in the Baptistry of Neon
The Baptistry of Neon (Italian: Battistero Neoniano) is a religious building in Ravenna, central Italy. The most ancient monument remaining in the city, it was partly erected on the site of a Roman bath. It is also called the Orthodox Baptistry to distinguish it from the Arian Baptistry constructed on behest of Ostrogothic King Theodoric some 50 years later.
The octagonal brick structure was erected by Bishop Ursus at the end of the 4th or beginning of the 5th century, as part of his great Basilica (destroyed in 1734). The baptistery was finished by Bishop Neon at the end of the 5th century, at which time the mosaic decorations were added. The original floor is now some 3 meters underground, so the proper structure and extent of the building can no longer be seen. The octagonal design of the building, employed in virtually all Early Christian baptisteries, symbolizes the seven days of the week plus the Day of the Resurrection and Eternal Life.
The ceiling mosaic depicts John the Baptist baptizing Jesus (depicted with beard) standing waist high in the Jordan River. To one side stands the personification of the Jordan river, with a reed in one hand and a garment in the other. A procession of the twelve apostles proceeds around the center mosaic in two directions, ending with Saint Peter meeting Saint Paul.
The Baptistry is one of the eight structures in Ravenna registered as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. According to the ICOMOS evaluation of this patrimony, "this is the finest and most complete surviving example of the early Christian baptistery" which "retains the fluidity in representation of the human figure derived from Greco-Roman art".
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holmertz (31408) 2013-08-31 6:47
Another photo from miraculous Ravenna that fills my heart with great memories. Thee mosaics of Ravenna are among the most overwhelming encounters with art that I have ever experienced. You have captured this very well with excellent light and sharpness and well rendered details.
danos (78196) 2013-08-31 7:00
nice the panoramic view of the ceiling mosaic of the dome with the lot of Saints to cover every inch of it.I like the good presentation as the informative note about the Baptistry of Neon.
Have a good weekend,Danos
snunney (72834) 2013-08-31 8:03
Superb capture of this beautiful ceiling. Evenly lit and with wonderful colours and detail.
jrleborgne (1456) 2013-08-31 8:10
Comme toujours avec vous, rendu artistique et couleurs vraies. Je suis allé à Ravenne en 1999 mais je ne me souviens pas avoir vu cette magnifique coupole. Quand on réalise qu' elle a été érigée au Ve siécle !
Cela me donne envie d'y retourner.
Merci et excellent week end
gervaso (9247) 2013-08-31 8:27
The mosaic is beautiful in the ceiling, and you got it with excellent framing and colors! The details are wonderful! Really a great piece of art! Wonderful job!
rychem (13770) 2013-08-31 8:33
This is a wonderful ceiling, the mosaic is fantastic, so beautifully composed, excellent capture with good lighting, I guess the light in the Baptistry was not friendly
claudeD (27014) 2013-08-31 8:37
wonderful ceiling showing this very fine piece of art. Very good note and excellent contribution to TE.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
lousat (64327) 2013-08-31 8:46
Ciao Romano,una cattura molto positiva di questo soffitto,un pochino sgranocchiata ma era davvero difficile fare meglio in luci come questo,l'effetto ottico e' sensazionale,grande ricchezza dei particolari e dei colori! Buona serata,Luciano
gildasjan (39558) 2013-08-31 11:31
Beau cadrage serré sur ces fresques.Un bon rendu neutre des couleurs par le choix d'une bonne exposition.L'harmonie des couleurs avec le bleu est subtile.
chrisvek (6995) 2013-08-31 12:06
Very wonderful photo with splendid details and nice composition.Great contrasts and lightning usage.Very good POV and atmosphere.Well done.
All the best
carlo62 (19543) 2013-08-31 13:59
Ravenna e i mosaici sono un binomio perfetto e tu hai catturato uno dei più belli.
Ottimo scatto nonostante le difficoltà della luce, molti i particolari da osservare e ammirare.
limielski (2573) 2013-08-31 14:59
What an amazing mosaic!
Well captured with excellent sharpness and a very good POV. Superb presentation of this Baptistery and the mosaic itself. TFS.
Have a nice Sunday!
elenimavrandoni (9965) 2013-08-31 15:08
caro Romano, una meraviglia!!!!
così bella e straordinaria arte, colori fantastici, grande vista della "Tholos"
una magnifica immagine...
comolimenti e un caro saluto
Nicou (105981) 2013-08-31 19:18
quelle mosaïque sueprbe compo et vue quelle cadrage et cette architecture ronde avec cette fresque c'est grandiose sueprbe image bravo.
emka (64266) 2013-08-31 23:58
Ciao caro Romano,
Stunning presentation of this Ravenna masterpiece. Wonderful colours and sharpness achieved in difficult light conditions.I am looking forward to seeing more photos from Ravenna.
Have a beautiful Sunday
ChrisJ (91342) 2013-09-01 2:09
The diffused light here is excellent and allows us to see a lot of detail in the superb religious artwork. Good sharpness, colour, and saturation. I like the partial vignetting away from the well lit centre. A superb upward pov. Tfs!
Noel_Byrne (13458) 2013-09-01 9:57
Tale bella simmetria, qualcosa che nella mia esperienza è abbastanza difficile da fare in scatti come questo, ma avete raggiunto perfettamente. I colori di questa sono magnifici e il fatto suo un disegno sopra un edificio ottagonale ancora più cool. Bella scena, grazie per la condivisione di questo gioiello.
Tutti i migliori
Silvio1953 (105720) 2013-09-01 12:54
Ciao Romano, bella vista del favoloso mosaico, eccezionale nitidezza e magnifici colori, bravo, ciao Silvio
dkmurphys (42633) 2013-09-01 13:39
Spectacular capture of that amazing work of religious art. Amazing masterpiece, well taken.
Angshu (52962) 2013-09-02 0:03
The details of the fresco are wonderfully depicted. The symmetrical view in a circular disposition works superbly. Thanks to the elaborate note which allowed me to understand the rekevance of this picture.
amaryllis (32071) 2013-09-03 2:41
Quelle beauté cette coupole avec cette mosaique aux couleurs sublimes
ton cadrage est excellent et nous permet d'en apprécier une bonne partie
Je reste béate devant une telle beauté spirituelle
je te remercie vivement d'avoir partagé ce baptistère avec TE
abmdsudi (32577) 2013-09-04 4:39
What a fantastic work of art, it's wonderful to see with your own eyes isn't. Indeed this looks so elegant and yet serene with so much delicacy and the religious impact and this makes us notice instantaneously. Excellent feel of depth under subtle natural light condition and some rich colors, contrast and shadows. Very stylish indeed and good narratives, Congrats
maloutim (9483) 2013-09-07 0:41
Che maraviglia di mosaica sulla volta della cupola del Battistero Neoniano.
Ottima cattura con buonissima gestione della luce e dei colori.
siudzi (27779) 2013-09-14 2:26
Wow! What a superb ceiling with impressive art decorations! You have achieved a great result with good exposure and sharpness to present us all the details. Very well seen and captured subject. TFS.