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Women in the Mosaics
of the Basilica of Aquileia
In 315, just after Constantine rose to power,
a new Christian basilica was built at Aquileia
in Italy and beautiful floor ...
The 20th
-century discovery of these ancient mosaics
hidden beneath a newer church floor brought to light
one of the wonde...
A shepherd
Jonah thrown overboard
The image of a young
man graces
the cover of most books
about these mosaics.
Here is his portrait on the mosaic floor.
Little noted is the way portraits of women
surround the young man’s.
Also often noted is the figure of a young man
carrying a basket of bread.
The young man offered bread . . .
Less commented upon are scenes of women
near that of the young man.
A young woman offered grapes . . .
Another offered a dove . . .
perhaps a symbol of prophecy.
Another woman brought incense in censers. . .
Another brought acornucopia.
And one woman offered fire.
All performed around a female figure of Victory.
All performed around a female figure of Victory.
How did early Christian girls feel
when they entered this sacred space?
Art as Text
By Ally Kateusz
In honor of Jane Schaberg
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics
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Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics

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This shows the remarkable number of women in the early fourth-century church mosaics of the Aquileia Basilica.

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Women in the Aquileia Basilica Mosaics

  1. 1. Women in the Mosaics of the Basilica of Aquileia
  2. 2. In 315, just after Constantine rose to power, a new Christian basilica was built at Aquileia in Italy and beautiful floor mosaics installed.
  3. 3. The 20th -century discovery of these ancient mosaics hidden beneath a newer church floor brought to light one of the wonders of early Christianity.
  4. 4. A shepherd
  5. 5. Jonah thrown overboard
  6. 6. The image of a young man graces the cover of most books about these mosaics.
  7. 7. Here is his portrait on the mosaic floor.
  8. 8. Little noted is the way portraits of women surround the young man’s.
  9. 9. Also often noted is the figure of a young man carrying a basket of bread.
  10. 10. The young man offered bread . . .
  11. 11. Less commented upon are scenes of women near that of the young man.
  12. 12. A young woman offered grapes . . .
  13. 13. Another offered a dove . . . perhaps a symbol of prophecy.
  14. 14. Another woman brought incense in censers. . .
  15. 15. Another brought acornucopia.
  16. 16. And one woman offered fire.
  17. 17. All performed around a female figure of Victory.
  18. 18. All performed around a female figure of Victory.
  19. 19. How did early Christian girls feel when they entered this sacred space?
  20. 20. Art as Text By Ally Kateusz In honor of Jane Schaberg

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