Empress Theodora

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Theodora, a Byzantine empress from the 6th century, is quite a character. First, her portrait in mosaic from the walls of San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy:

theo-ravenna

And here, I imagined what she might look like in profile:

Theodora in color for blog post

There is a fantastic description of her in The Secret History by Procopius.

Which dalmatic would your imperial highness like to wear?

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Three maidservants

Princess Anna, the oldest daughter of Emperor Alexios I & Empress Irene, has to get dressed for her betrothal, and a dalmatic or over-tunic with patterns and jewels, is a must.

As a side note to these Byzantine characters, I am so excited to be attending the Bologna Children’s Book Fair this coming Monday, March 30 – April 2, 2015 and will also go to Ravenna, a Byzantine art mecca. I look forward to sharing the art & inspiration of the mosaics of San Vitale.

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