It is unique in the world, it is unrepeatable, it is one of the most famous symbols of the Ravenna Marathon. It is our medal, our symbol, our international icon.
A real jewel hand made, created every time by Annafietta in her artisan workshop in Ravenna city center.
Every year, for the past ten years now, a fragment Byzantine art will go on the Ravenna Marathon finisher’s neck, a piece of art that goes into homes around the world. Regarding the composition of each piece, rigorously assembled by hand, the early Christian and Byzantine tradition is constantly respected using the “direct method” technique: vitreous paste tiles placed on cement mortar and undercut joints to ensure the typical play of reflections and chromatic movements.
An incredible effect and unique in the world able to charm for thousands of years. Suggestions, reflections and unique colors in the world. Only for you.
Since 2015 the medal has been proposed in three different cuts. The largest for the Marathon finisher on 42.195 km, a slightly smaller version for runners who cross the finish line in the Half Marathon, and finally the smaller version for the Good Morning Ravenna 10.5K.
The 2020 medal is different from the previous ones, but also the same in terms of style and modalities. It stands out because it does not incorporate the details of the famous Ravenna mosaics, but proposes the probably most famous profile in the world, that of Dante Alighieri, as represented in the famous painting by Botticelli. A choice linked to the re-enactments, scheduled for 2021, but already scheduled from September 2020 for the 700 years since the death of the Supreme Poet who, exiled from Florence, found refuge in Ravenna, where he wrote part of Purgatory and Paradise, and where he died on 13 September 1321.
The 2019 medal will be remembered in the series of the first ten works as one of those with the most original form and closest to the idea of the jewel. A medal that radically differs from the eight that preceded it, above all for the shape that, in this case represents a flower. A detail this time taken not from the vaults or from the decorated walls of Byzantine mosaics of Ravenna, but from the floor of the Basilica of San Vitale. the colors instead recall those of the famous starry sky of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.
The 2018 medal returns to be circular in shape and is inspired by an image of the mosaics of the Basilica of San Vitale which represents the exposition of the sun, source of light, life and heat, or the Trinity. The predominant color is red, conceptually linked to heat and energy. Among the distinctive signs to be highlighted, the largest medal, the one reserved for the 42km marathon runners, set a metal piece with an engraved XX in the center, to highlight the goal of the 20th edition of the event.
The 2017 medal offers the square shape for the second time in the history of this series of medals, but with a different perspective. In this case, nuances were created with the mosaic tiles. Not a definite design then, but the typical concentric shape, created by combining the colors of the green producing the wonderful nuance that can only be obtained with the mosaic tiles. It is a typical execution of the great mosaics present in Byzantine monuments. The choice of color instead recalls the large mosaic lawns that characterize the decorations of the basilicas of Ravenna.
The 2016 medal immediately strikes attention for its rectangular shape. The colors chosen are turquoise and gold. To achieve this, in this case the artist was inspired by a detail that is found almost everywhere in the Ravenna mosaics and in particular adorns the Byzantine crosses. It is a kind of precious stone present just inside the cross. A choice that will also remain a memory as, in 2016, the Ravenna Marathon route will also touch the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe for the first time, the eighth monument recognized as World Heritage by UNESCO, where in the apse you will find the largest Byzantine cross of our mosaics.
The 2015 medal is inspired by the mosaic gold and Klimt. In 1903 the Austrian painter Klimt went and stayed twice in Ravenna in order to admire the splendor of the Byzantine mosaics. The mosaic gold suggested a new way of transfiguring reality and modulating the flat and plastic parts with tonal passages, from the opaque to the brilliant. Gold is also the color of victory, whoever crosses the finish line of the Ravenna Marathon is always a winner and for 2015 here is a sort of gold medal, symbol of the city and emblem of success. The 2015 medal will also be remembered as the first example to be completely detached from the circular and oval shape of the early years.
The 2014 medal takes its inspiration from a detail of the multicolored vault that is found inside the Basilica of San Vitale: one of the most famous and important Catholic places of worship in Ravenna, an exemplary masterpiece of early Christian and Byzantine art. The basilica has been included since 1996 in the list of Italian heritage sites by UNESCO, within the serial site “Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna”.
The 2013 medal tells another detail of the famous starry vault of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, an example of Byzantine art that represents the history and culture of the city. Here therefore embedded in the circular base of the medal a central detail of the largest stars in the sky in mosaic, a sky that represents luminous bodies of decreasing magnitude upwards, on a blue background, according to a model that will last for a long time, for the whole Middle Ages. A peculiarity of 2013 that makes the pieces made even more unique, unrepeatable and therefore precious: the medals were made in two colors, blue and turquoise.
The 2012 medal stems from another famous mosaic that has always made Ravenna a destination for tourists and scholars. The context is, for what will be remembered as the second medal in the mosaic of the Marathon, the one of Basilica of San Vitale. And in particular, the idea of this medal takes its cue from the famous portrait of the empress Theodora, immortalized while advancing, carrying on her hands a golden goblet studded with gems. The 2012 medal stems from a detail of the empress’s dress that can be easily seen with the naked eye.
The 2011 medal is the first piece of the Annafietta series and for this reason also the most sought after, because it is produced in a smaller number of pieces than the following. The idea from which the realization of the medal is born is inspired by the vault of the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, one of the early Christian monuments symbolizing the city of Ravenna. Here is a detail of the most famous starry mosaic in the world, reproduced with the traditional Byzantine mosaic technique, tiles of glass paste cut by hand one by one, laid on concrete. The long series of medals of the Marathon started right here.