Marguerite Yourcenar (1903 – 1987)
God is in the Mosaics of Ravenna (1935)
One of the secrets of Ravenna is that stasis borders on supreme speed: it leads to vertigo. The second secret of Ravenna is the ascent to the deep, the enigma of the Nadir. Literally, the characters in the mosaics are mined: they have dug into themselves huge caverns, where they gather God.
Translated by Sara Trevisan