Arian baptistery


Baptism of Christ, surrounded by apostles 

Probably built in the later fifth century, this is a bit of a poor man’s Orthodox baptistery. The apostles aren’t dancing and they have no thrones to go to. Since Arians denied Christ’s innate divinity, he appears to require the extra baptism by the water-dispensing dove. It’s interesting that the figure of the River Jordan is as large as Christ and John the Baptist – as if belief in pantheistic spirits had not yet disappeared.


About aides mémoires

This is a chronological list of things I have seen, places I have visited, and thoughts that have wandered through the space between my ears. A reading group of one; an art appreciation society limited by my preferences and prejudices; opera criticism by one who knows nothing about the subject.
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