The restoration of the apse mosaics of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, made from 1970 to 1976, discovered the preparatory drawings of a different iconographic program from the one executed in mosaic. In place of the twelve lambs and the figure of Saint Apollinaris, the first idea was a band containing a cross in the center and on the sides pairs of peacocks between baskets of fruit, flowers and garlands. The left side of the sinopia was left in the Basilica while the right side was detached and it is now conserved in the National Museum of Ravenna.

(Polo Museale Emilia Romagna)
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Subject Termsdrawing (image-making), ornament ~ festoon, garland, pigment, pigments, Byzantine art, Archaeology, Byzantine (culture and style), layers (components), layer (component), ornamental birds: peacock, flowers
ProviderAMSHistorica - University of Bologna