Coll. Landau-Finaly, Firenze (Sestieri, Roma)



Altar front from Constantinople or Ravenna. The decoration is similar to the decoration of Early Byzantine sarcophagi. It includes both architectural forms (arches, pediments and columns) and symbols relating to salvation and eternal life (scallop shells, lambs, palms and crosses). The small window between the central columns probably once allowed the faithful to contemplate a reliquary placed inside.

Current Ownership

Cleveland Museum of Art (John L. Severance Fund 1948.25)


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University of Bologna

Original Collection

Fondazione Federico Zeri - Fototeca Zeri, Università di Bologna, inv. 2893 - Vasari - Fotografo Editore - Roma, Via Condotti 39 - Piazza Esedra 61 - Via Ludovisi, 6 (Foto Brennero)

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