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S.Apollinare in Classe


S.Apollinare in Classe
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Copyright: Vanda Golfetto (vanda) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 751 W: 47 N: 1333] (7051)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-03-31
Categories: Architecture
Exposure: f/3.0, 1/10 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-05-16 5:38
Viewed: 2840
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Basilica di S.Apollinare in Classe - Abside con i mosaici perfettamente conservati.

Da Wikipedia:
La basilica di Sant'Apollinare in Classe si trova a circa 5 chilometri dal centro di Ravenna. Fu edificata da Giuliano Argentario su ordine dell'arcivescovo Ursicino durante la prima metà del VI sec.;consacrata nel 547 dal primo arcivescovo Massimiano ed è stata dedicata a sant'Apollinare, il primo vescovo di Ravenna.
E' una delle basiliche più perfette di Ravenna; oltre alla sua struttura architettonica è famosa per i mosaici e i sarcofagi marmorei degli antichi arcivescovi disposti lungo le navate laterali.
La basilica è a tre navate, con corpo mediano rialzato e abside poligonale affiancata da due cappelle absidate.
All'interno della basilica le pareti sono spoglie, eccetto la zona absidale, ricoperta da un "manto policromo" di mosaici, risalenti ad epoche diverse. Al centro della basilica, sul luogo del martirio del Santo, è collocato un altare antico.
Tutta la decorazione del catino absidale (nella foto) risale circa alla metà del VI secolo e si può dividere in due zone:
1. Nella parte superiore un grande disco racchiude un cielo stellato nel quale campeggia una croce gemmata, che reca all'incrocio dei bracci il volto di Cristo. Sopra la croce si vede una mano che esce dalle nuvole, la mano di Dio. Ai lati del disco, le figure di Elia e Mosè. I tre agnelli, che si trovano spostati un po’ verso il basso, proprio all'inizio della zona verde, con il muso rivolto verso la croce gemmata, simboleggiano gli apostoli Pietro, Giacomo e Giovanni: siamo chiaramente di fronte alla rappresentazione della Trasfigurazione sul Monte Tabor.
2. Nella zona più bassa si allarga una verde valle fiorita, con rocce, cespugli, piante e uccelli. Al centro si erge solenne la figura di sant'Apollinare, primo vescovo di Ravenna, con le braccia aperte in atteggiamento orante, cioè ritratto nel momento di innalzare le sue preghiere a Dio perché conceda la grazia ai fedeli affidati alla sua cura, qui rappresentati da dodici agnelli bianchi.
Negli spazi tra le finestre sono rappresentati quattro vescovi, fondatori delle principali basiliche ravennati: Ursicino, Orso, Severo ed Ecclesio, vestiti in abito sacerdotale e recanti un libro in mano.


Basilica di S.Apollinare in Classe - Apse with the mosaics preserved perfectly.

Wikipedia:
The Basilica of Sant' Apollinare in Classe is an important monument of Byzantine art near Ravenna. When the UNESCO inscribed eight Ravenna sites on the World Heritage List, it cited this basilica as "an outstanding example of the early Christian basilica in its purity and simplicity of its design and use of space and in the sumptuous nature of its decoration".
Sant'Apollinare in Classe was consecrated on May 9, 549 by Bishop Maximian and dedicated to Saint Apollinaris, first bishop of Ravenna and Classe
The church is on a nave and two aisles. An ancient altar in the mid of the nave covers the place of the saint's martyrdom. The church ends with a polygonal apse, sided by two chapels with apses.
The decoration of the apse (in the photo)date to the 6th century, and can be divided into two parts:
1. In the upper one, a large disc encloses a starry sky in which is a cross with gems and the face of Christ. Over the cross is a hand protruding from the clouds, the theme of the Hand of God. At the side of the disc are the figures of Elijah and Moses. The three lambs in the lower sector symbolize the saints Peter, James and John, alluding the Transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor.
2. In the lower one is a green valley with rocks, bush, plants and birds. In the middle is the figure of Saint Apollinaris, portrayed in the act of praying God to give grace to his faithful, symbolized by twelve white lambs.
In the spaces between the windows are the four bishops who founded the main basilicas in Ravenna: Ursicinus, Ursus, Severus and Ecclesius, all with a book in a hand.

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What a colorful interior of a church with superb architecture, Vanda!

Great sharpness and perfect clarity with nice contrasts existing within the scene.
The colors are original and light is very well handled.
The windows add another piece of beauty and source of 'light' in the picture.
Well done!

Ciao,
Paras

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  • suzley Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1833 W: 317 N: 3045] (23928)
  • [2012-05-16 5:55]

Hi Vanda.

A very pleasing angle in presenting this amazing domed ceiling with ornate pintings depicting times long ago. The colours and details to the structure are very good, the attached notes give us very good information, you must be pleased with the results here. TFS

Stv :0))

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  • chrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4430 W: 637 N: 9632] (55124)
  • [2012-05-16 7:27]

Hi Vanda

A lovely Italian church or cathedral with an amazing domed roof full of interesting artwork. Good sharpness & upward pov. The Lord is my shephard seems to be the theme. Tfs!

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  • Saba Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1474 W: 0 N: 4177] (21534)
  • [2012-05-16 7:35]

Hello Vanda :)

Splendid architecture and interesting painting on the fragment of this church.
He creates natural colours and light the beautiful composition.
The superb realization with the perfect effect.

With best wishes.
Barbara.

Basilica di S. Apollinare in Classe is marvelous and I love your photo especially the colors and details to the structure. Sharp, crisp and clean shot with good focus. TFS
Best
Vic

Ciao Vanda
perfect indoor shot. good handling of light. good clarity of details. wonderful interior of Basilica di S.Apollinare. good POV for splendid symmetry. pleasant soft colors.
shalom
tsilla

Ciao Vanda, che bellezza di foto, magnifica simetria, ottima nitidezza che ci consente di apprezzare in tutto il suo splendore il neraviglioso mosaico, nonostante la severa riduzione imposta dal sito, favolosa luce, da pubblicazione come foto di copertina di una rivista d'arte, bravissima, ciao Silvio

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 736 W: 13 N: 634] (21244)
  • [2012-05-16 11:24]

Beautiful shot of the interior of the basilica, great lighting and sharp deatails, well composed
regards
Ryszard

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  • fransx Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2938 W: 134 N: 7397] (41704)
  • [2012-05-16 13:05]

Hi Vanda,
Perfect use of available lighting in this interior of such a splendid church!
Great artistic colorful presentation adorned with impeccable sharpness and neatness.
An interesting demonstration of Byzantine art presented in such a pleasant composition.
Well done,

Francis Xavier

Boa noite Vanda,

Excellent composition from a low POV and with very beautiful colors.

Parabéns!
Sergio

Good morning dear friend Vanda:)

Very nice shot with great composition this
The dome is of great beauty with all paints and represented,
good detail and superior color.
Thank you for the informative and well groomed.
warm regards, good Weekend.
Yolande

Witaj Vanda!
Very bautiful interior. Natural colours and light the beautiful composition.
Great sharpness and perfect clarity.
The colors are original and light is very well handled.
Very good made windows.
Gratulacje i pozdrowienia.
Roma

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