Apse Mosaic: Christ the Redeemer
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Apse Mosaic: Christ the Redeemer

Detail of San Vitale's apse mosaic, dating from 526-47 AD. It depicts a youthful, clean-shaven Christ the Redeemer sitting on the sphere of the world, flanked by San Vitale (who is being handed a martyr's crown), two angels, and Bishop Ecclesius, who founded the church.