La Teofania dell'abside | San Vitale


In the basin of the apse a theophany unfolds, an apparition of the Divine, Christ on the Globe, with the archangels Michael and Gabriel, offers the crown of glory to San Vitale. The saint receives it with veiled hands, respectfully. The act of Christ raises San Vitale to the position of defender of the Catholic Church. Meanwhile, the bishop Ecclesius offers Christ the basilica of the next imperial victory. The apse contains the famous panels depicting Justinian and Theodora. The two panels complement each other and symbolise the harmony between civil and church history.