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San Vitale in Ravenna, Italy

San Vitale is Byzantine church that is an expression of early Christian art and architecture.    Archbishop Maximian consecrated the church in 547 AD.  Its shape is octagaonal with a dome and a cylindrical bell tower.  The interior is richly decorated with marble and mosaics (separate Ask the Matador Research Guides are available on the mosaics: Emperor Justinian and Empress Theodora).


Call Numbers for Browsing the Shelves 

  • N 31, 5300, 7832
  • NA 200, 212


LINCCWeb Online Catalog – Search Terms

  • Byzantine Architecture
  • Romanesque Architecture

           (When using the index in the books, look under Ravenna)


Circulating Books – A Selected List


  • Beckwith, John.   Early Christian and Byzantine Art.  1993.

                    Call Number:  N7832 .B3

  • Kostof, Spiro.  A History of Architecture.  1995.

                   Call Number:  NA200 .K65 1995

  • Krautheimer, Richard.  Early Christian and Byzantine Architecture.  1975.

                    Call Number:  NA4817 .K7 1975

  • Lowden, John.  Early Christian and Byzantine Art.  1997.

                     Call Number:  N7832 .L563 1997

  • Milburn, Robert.  Early Christian Art and Architecture.  1988

                     Call Number:  N7832 .M47 1988

  • Schapiro, Meyer.  Late Antique, Early Christian and Mediaeval Art.  1979.

                    Call Number:  N7832 .S26

  • Simson, Otto Georg von.  Byzantine Art and Statecraft in Ravenna.  1972.

                 Call Number:  NA3780 .S5 1987

  • Van der Meer, F.  Early Christian Art.  1967.

                    Call Number:  N7832 .M4313

  • Watkin, David.  A History of Western Architecture.  2000.

                   Call Number:  NA200 .W412 2000

  • Wharton, Annabel.  Refiguring the Post Classical City: Dura Europos, Jerash, Jerusalem and Ravenna.  1995.

                  Call Number:  NA212 .W48 1995

  •  Yarwood, Doreen. The Architecture of Europe. 1991.

                   Call Number:  NA957 .Y37 v. 2.


Reference Books

  •  Art: The Critics Choice. 1999. 

                 Call Number:  REF N72.5. A78 1999, 32-33.

  • Dictionary of Art.  1996. 

                 Call Number:  REF N31 .D5 1996 v.26,  35-36.

  •  Harpur, James.  The Atlas of Sacred Places.  1994. 

                Call Number:  REF BL580 .H37 1994, 170-73.

  •  Honour, Hugh.  The Visual Arts:  A History.  2000.

                  Call Number:  REF N5300 .H68 2000, 311-14.

  • Hoving, Thomas.  Greatest Works of Art of Western Civilization.  1997.

                  Call Number:  REF N510 .H68 1997, 56-57.

  • Janson, H.W.  History of Art.  2001. 

                  Call Number:  REF N5300 .J3 2001, 230-32.

  •  Sir Banister Fletcher’s A History of Architecture.  1987.

                  Call Number:  REF NA200 .F63 1987, 293-94.

  •  Snyder, James.  Medieval Art.  1989.

                   Call Number:  REF N5975 .S58 1989, 118-24.

  • Stalley, Roger.  Early Medieval Architecture.  1999.

                  Call Number:  REF NA350 .S78 1999, 67-71.

  • Stokstad, Marilyn.  Art History.  2002

                 Call Number:  REF N5300 .S923 2002 v. 1, 314-18.


Research Databases

To access Valencia’s research databases, open your Atlas account, select ‘Search the Library’, then select ‘Databases A-Z’.

  • Academic Search Complete
  • Oxford Art Online



This Research Guide is designed to help users find information on a particular topic within the Valencia College East Campus Library.  This is by no means a comprehensive list of resources and other resources may be available on this topic.  Please check LINCCWeb, Valencia East’s online catalog, to verify the availability of circulating books within the library.  Feel free to ask a librarian for help if you need further assistance.    


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