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San Clemente Apse and Triumphal Arch; San Clemente
San Clemente Apse and Triumphal Arch; San Clemente
Other Title(s)San Clemente Apse and Triumphal Arch; San Clemente
TitleSan Clemente Apse and Triumphal Arch
Record Typework
Type of WorkArchitecture; Early Christian Architecture; Architectural mosaics
MaterialGlass and gold leaf mosaic tile
Date1100
LocationRome, Italy
StyleItalo-Byzantine
PeriodMedieval
CultureItalian
SubjectCrucifixion
Lamb of God
Garden of Eden
Four Rivers
Apostles
Description/NotesFounded in the 4th c. CE, present Church of San Clemente dates from 1100. Mosaic style references Early Christian and Early Byzantine styles. Central apse mosaic is the Crucifixion, with the cross flanked by Virgin Mary and St. John. Cross rises out of foliage, below which are the Four Rivers or Rivers of Life. The entirety of the apse dome is covered with an elaborate inhabited vine scroll (Eden) on a gold ground. The triumphal arch has Christ Pantocrator at the top flanked by the winged symbols of the Evangelists. Below, on the sides, are images of Saints [Sts. Clement, Lawrence, Paul, Peter]. At the base is the heavenly City of Jerusalem.
Rights - Deposited ImageCharles K. Growdon and Marcia Cohn Growdon
Larger EntitySan Clemente
ViewRaking view up into apse
UNR Accession #06-MCG-0001-IT

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