"Small things surpass large" in Ravenna mosaics

"The marble flourishes with bright rays and all the stones in starry purple shine richly. Small things confined in space are made so beautiful that they surpass the large. To Christ, whose temples exist in the human heart, nothing is small and he dwells happily confined by these walls." Latin inscription at chapel entrance. (photo)

Christopher Howse looks at the amazing Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, Italy in an article for the Telegraph. In the article, Howse considers the "ghost hands" in the mosaics of the sixth-century church of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo, disembodied hands which must have once belonged to worshippers.