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A similar sequence of these popular miracle scenes—apparently based on a common source—appears again in an ecclesiastical setting in the exquisite mosaics of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, in Ravenna. In this detail, a youthful Jesus with jeweled halo and dressed in imperial purple points to the wrapped, resurrected Lazarus about to emerge from his tomb. The mosaic dates to the reign of the Arian king Theodoric (454–526 A.D.), who commissioned the church and much of its lavish artwork.