Byzantine image theory is based on the dogma of the Incarnation. Once the virginal body of Mary received and gave flesh to the divine Word, it offered relative holiness to matter, validated the circumscription of the divine in a human form, and legitimized the production and veneration of images.
Appolinaire di Nuovo, Ravenna | ... King. Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo. Ravenna (Italy). 6th century Built by Theodoric
Mosaic of St Appolinaire with sheep. 6th century AD Byzantine Roman Mosaics of the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, Ravenna Italy. A UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Basilica of San Vitale, Ravenna, Italy - said to be one if the most beautiful places in Europe, according to my art history professor