St. Justinian the Great
St. Justinian the Great, 5x7", gold leaf and acrylic on panel.
The likeness and vesture is based on the mosaics at Ravenna and Sayidnaya. The scepter and orb portray his imperial power and authority. The scepter is quite historically accurate, based on a contemporary ivory bas relief of emperor Anastasius I, who died in AD 518, or nine years before Justinian ascended the throne. The globus cruciger is based upon historical models and really little has changed here from antiquity to modernity.