Mar 6, 2016

Empress Theodora of Constantinople

Empress Theodora
6x4 Inches
Available on Etsy

Theodora started off as an actress, a dancer, and well basically a high end prostitute. Eventually she bumped into Justinian I, who ended up changing the laws so he could marry this beautiful woman.  He made her co-regent which meant that they shared the throne. One day a riot broke out and Justinian was ready to leave town in hopes of exile instead of death.  At the docks Theodora put her royal foot down. She told Justinian and his crew that "purple makes a fine funeral shroud" and that she wasn't going anywhere.  Her speech convinced her hubby and crew to stay.   

Empress Theodora Study
Oil on canvas
14x11 Inches
Available on Etsy

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