Would you take her advice? Empress Theodora (1887) by

Would you take her advice? Empress Theodora (1887) by

3/10/2021, 12:29:56 PM
Would you take her advice? Empress Theodora (1887) by Jean-Joseph Benjamin-Constant was the wife to the Eastern Roman Emperor Justinian who reigned between 527-565 AD. And unlike the wifes of other Roman Emperors, Justinian involved her in his politics and important decisions. Theodora's life is described in the Secret History written by a contemporary scholar called Procopius of Caesarea. He described Theodora as "a small, graceful woman with vivid and dazzling eyes." And this perfectly matches this portrait of her on her throne. And despite that she was quite short, Benjamin-Constant (1845-1902) captures her as a powerful Empress. He was inspired for this portrait by a 6th-century mosaic of Theodora in the Basilica of San Vitale in Ravenna. And did you notice circular part of the throne behind Theodora's head. It looks like a halo, which is actually quite appropriate as Theodora (and her husband) is a saint in the Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox Church. #Art #Painting #Artwork #ArtHistory #HistoryofArt #OilPainting #OilonCanvas #FrenchArt #FrenchArtist #FrenchPainter #Constant #BenjaminConstant #Empress #Theodora #Roman #RomanEmpire #Throne #Saint #Petite #Small #Graceful #Vivid #Dazzling #Eyes #Procopius #Justinian #Byzantine #Oriental

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