Byzantine mosaic of women from the court of Justinian and Theodora, Church of San Vitale, Ravenna. Dating to the reign of Justinian century CE). Gustav Klimt visited Ravenna in where he had the opportunity to see these lavish Byzantine mosaics
Empress Theodora was one of the most influential and powerful women in the Early Middle Ages. She was the wife of Emperor Justinian I and joint ruler of the Byzantine Empire.Many decisions concerning the government were made by Theodora.