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The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia in Ravenna: Archaeoastronomy, Numbers, Geometry and Communication

Manuela Incerti; Gaia Lavoratti; Sara D'Amico; Stefano Giannetti;
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  • Published: 31 May 2018
  • Publisher: Springer, Cham
  • Country: Italy
Abstract
The Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is one of Ravenna’s UNESCO protected monuments, globally renowned for the extraordinary mosaic decorations that cover the internal surfaces. The famous starry vault profoundly engages and inspires the observer. It has been studied for its accuracy in the representation of the real sky, but also because of its mystical and symbolic meaning in relation to the iconographic tradition of the time. The building has also been subject of archeoastronomical research (Romano in Orientamenti ad sidera. Astronomia, riti e calendari per la fondazione di templi e citta. Un esempio a Ravenna. Edizioni Essegi, Ravenna, 1995), which is here presented in depth. The present contribution also examines other architectural elements beyond orientation: particular attention is payed to the small slit windows of the building to investigate their possible archaeoastronomical significance. In the study of these elements, particular attention should be payed to the elaboration of architectural survey data, which has to be produced following established procedures and techniques. A functional 3D model will be developed from the data of the archaeoastronomical analysis to display the original morphology of the building (the floor was about 1.4 m lower because of subsidence movements), astronomical phenomena, and allow for multimedia communication of the scientific content produced. Finally, the related issues will be investigated: the geometric and projective transformations of the starry dome, the geometric shape of space also in relation to the unit of measurement used.
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free text keywords: Galla Placidia Survey, archaeoastronomy, 3D model, multimedia communication, Mosaic, Sidera, biology.organism_classification, biology, Representation (arts), Ravenna, Relation (history of concept), Art, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Archaeoastronomy, Art history, Vault (architecture), Space (punctuation)
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