Apse Mosaics in the Euphrasian Basilica, Upper Section: Christ and the Apostles

543-554 AD
Euphrasian Basilica, Poreč, Croatia

Except for Peter's keys, the objects brought to Christ by the apostles alternate crown-book-scroll, crown-book-scroll, etc. They are thus not individualizing attributes but testimony to the characteristics of the apostles as a group, the scroll and book perhaps signifying the old and new testaments and the crown their martyrdom. Individualizing characteristics we do see include the keys; St. Andrew's wild hair; St. Paul's long, pointy beard and receding hairline; and St. Bartholomew's curly hair.

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The three apostles on the far left
The three apostles to the left of center
Christ with Saints Paul and Peter
The three apostles to the right of center
The three apostles on the far right

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Photographed at the basilica by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license.