Architrave Detail (c.435)
Photo © David Joyal / Art History Images. All rights reserved.

Architrave Detail (c.435)

Detail of columns and inscribed architrave, c.435. The famous distichs describe 5th-century baptismal doctrine and are attributed to Pope Sixtus III's archdeacon, who later became Pope Leo the Great. San Giovanni in Laterano (Lateran Baptistery), Rome, Italy.