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Arian Baptistry (5th to 6th century)
This ceiling mosaic is a depiction of the baptism of Jesus by St. John The Baptist. It decorates the ceiling of the Arian Baptistery of Ravenna, erected between the 5th and 6th century by King Theodoric The Great, ruler of the Roman Holy Empire. It took decades for the mosaic to be completed, and eventually some parts had to be completed with different tesserae (mosaic pieces) than the ones used in early stages, as can be noted by the different color of the grass at the feet of the apostles. The abundance of golden tesserae made with tiny bits of gold give the baptistery an otherworldly and divine feel.

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