Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ravenna and Bone Transport

We visited the churches and mausoleums in Ravenna, including the burial place of Dante.  One colleague asked how bodies were transported from one city to another to be buried.  Another colleague who specializes in the history of anatomical illustrations and feminism explained that the bodies were boiled to remove skin and flesh and then the bones were transported.  The practice of bone-boiling was outlawed in the Renaissance.
Basilica di Sant'Appolinare in Classe
Interior of San Vitale, Ravenna

Basilica di Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, Ravenna
San Vitale, Ravenna

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