What is the medium of the Good Shepherd from the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia?
Oratory of Galla Placidia is also known as the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia and is located in Ravenna, Italy. The style is Mosaic and the medium is small pieces of material which are smalti, gold leaf tesserae (mosaic gold)and stucco. It was created in the years of 425 to 430 A.D. and its size is not recorded.
How are mosaics made?
Mosaic art is the creation of patterns or pictures using small pieces of materials such as clay, marble, glass, tiles, or stones. The pieces are often glued or cemented to a surface such as a wall or a floor.
What is the Justinian mosaic made of?
It was dedicated to the martyr Vitalis, the patron saint of Ravenna. At the time, the city was the capital of the Western Roman Empire. The octagonal structure is made of marble and capped by a lofty terra-cotta dome. The celebrated mosaics were strongly influenced by similar work at Constantinople (Istanbul).
What can we learn from the Good Shepherd?
Help the children understand that one way Jesus Christ is the Good Shepherd is because he voluntarily suffered for our sins and gave his life for us. Therefore, we all will be resurrected and we all can repent, be baptized, and be forgiven for our sins.
Who made the Good Shepherd sculpture?
The sculptor of the present version incorporated the contrapposto stance, made known by the Greek sculptor Polykleitos in the fifth century BC, with one weight-bearing leg straight and the other bent naturally as the weight shifts.
What do shepherds represent?
Literary image of the shepherd
Pastoral evokes a past world of rural innocence, such as the Garden of Eden before the Fall of humankind. Men, women and nature live in harmony. The shepherd often represents, too, the goodness of a life close to nature in contrast to the artificial life of the town.