The church of San Vitale

Church of San Vitale

The church of San Vitale was started in the 6th Century by Bishop Ecclesius. In the church of San Vitale there is the image of Emperor Justinian together with his court. It is a very famous image which depicts political authority and command dating back to the Middle Ages. The church is located in Italy and this particular image is a fundamental part of the other bigger Mosaic program in the altar of the church. The major purpose of the apse's mosaic program is to depict the authority practiced by the emperor in the plan of Christian history. It shows the emperor dressed in a black robe seated on a blue chair. He is surrounded by four men three of whom are dressed in white robes and the forth one is wearing a grey robe. They are pictured in the royal court of the emperor which implies it is a significant reminder of fascinating historical settings. Among the four examples, it is the only one that features four people in its art. It is a centrally placed where which is in an octagon shape and it is stretched out by semi-circular anchorages which are surrounded by different works of art. It gets it lighting from the clerestory and windows which are on the walls.

The church of San Vitale