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New Light on the So-Called Saint Lawrence Panel at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna

Gillian Mackie
Gesta
Vol. 29, No. 1 (1990), pp. 54-60
DOI: 10.2307/767100
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/767100
Page Count: 7
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Abstract

A new interpretation of the lunette mosaic facing the door at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is proposed, one that would identify the running figure as St. Vincent of Saragossa rather than St. Lawrence, the usual choice. It is suggested that all the images of the lunette can be understood both individually and in relationship to each other in terms of Vincent's passion, as described by Prudentius in his Peristephanon. In support of this suggestion, evidence for the widespread popularity of Vincent's cult across the Roman world, including Italy, in the fifth century is presented, and possible links with the life of the empress Galla Placidia are examined.

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