Otton ii et the ophano

Christ Blessing Emperor Otto II

circa 982

Why is it canonical?

This sculpture carved in ivory, commemorates the coronation of Emperor Otto II and his wife, the Byzantine Empress Theophano. It communicates the divine sanctity of the union and of the reign, and more importantly it unites Byzantine sculpture style with Germanic. For centuries some tension existed between the Byzantines, who saw themselves as the continuation of the Roman empire in the East, and the Ottonian dynasty, which saw themselves as the heirs of the Western Roman Empire. the marriage and reign brought those traditions together


Germany Byzantium


Middle Ages

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Otton ii et the ophano

Christ Blessing Otto II and Theophano