Art of Ravenna
In addition to the UNESCO sites, such as the Basilica of San Vitale, there are two museums with significant works of Byzantine art: the Archiepiscopal Museum of Ravenna and the National Museum of Ravenna. Key works in the Archiepiscopal Museum include a large marble rosette with a Paschal calendar dating to the 6th century, a 12th century mosaic of the Virgin Orans (praying in the Eastern style), an intricate ambon, and the porphyry statue, perhaps of Theodosius or Justinian, which recalled the Tetrarchs in Venice. The most important work of art in this museum, though, is the Throne of Maximian, who appointed the Archbishop of Ravenna by Justinian. The National Museum includes the 6th century ivory Murano Diptych (and other ivories) and a 6th century relief of Hercules and the Stag of Ceryneia along with various pieces formerly in Ravenna’s churches. There are also a large number of beautifully crafted sarcophagi scattered across the city, including the Sarcophagus of St. Barbaziano, who was once the confessor for Galla Placidia.