Corteo delle Martiri | Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo

⚉ THE MOSAIC SERIES ⚉

The lower band, commissioned by the Chancellery of Ravenna, contains mosaics that illustrate a magnificent procession of female saints. The twenty-two saints, led by Saint Euphemia, slowly and rhythmically proceed in stately procession holding a symbolic crown.

The middle band is an iconographic masterpiece consisting of thirty-two figures of prophets, sixteen on each side. Each figure is uniformly repeated in celebration of the Book and to confirm the importance of the Prophets, in the composition of the scriptures, prophets who recall, lato sensu, all the masters of the faith in both testaments.

The upper part contains 13 scenes, the most ancient extant mosaic series on the New Testament. On the right we see scenes of the life of the Saviour.