Other friends, Geoffrey and Kathy Murrell, provided information and illustrations of cipollino in Ravenna. There are two cipollino columns in the church of Santa Maria in Porto on either side of the portico (Plate 2.50). They also found cipollino on the lid of a tomb in San Apollinare in Classe, on the edge of Ravenna (Plate 2.51); and there are some pieces on the floor of the cathedral which the guide identified as cipollino although my informants were not sure.

In the church of San Giovanni Evangelista there are 2 cipollino columns to the right of the altar (Plate 2.52), but according to Lazzarini, some of the marble decoration is ‘of Apuan cipollino which was extracted in some abundance in the second half of the 19th century, being used at that time because of its similarity to the classical marble and often employed for restoration or substitution’. This was also the case in the recladding of the great apse of the Church of San Giusto at Trieste, in the neo-Romanesque buildings, for example in the Capella di Palazzo Stern in Venice and the supporting wall of the Pala d’Oro of the Basilica di San Marco.28

28 Lazzarini L., 2007, p. 188.

Maps and Plates

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Plate 2.50 Two cipollino columns on either side of the portico, the Church of Santa Maria in Porto, Ravenna.

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Plate 2.51 Cipollino marble in the lid of a tomb, the church of San Apollinare in Clase, Ravenna.