Mosaics in Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome (1140-43)

A number of churches were erected in Rome in the twelfth century, the largest and most important of them being the Santa Maria in Trastevere which replaced an Early Christian basilica from the fourth century. The builder of the church was pope Innocent II (1130-1143). Although the construction was completed only after the death of Innocent II in around 1148, the mosaics in the apse calotte and on the upper part of the apsidal arch were completed during his lifetime.

The mosaics were supplemented toward the end of the thirteenth century by seven more mosaics in the apse and on the lower part of the apsidal arch, six of them narrating the life of the Virgin. Pietro Cavallini is documented as the creator of these mosaics in the apse.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Interior view
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

932*1200
True Color
252 Kb



Apse mosaic
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

1147*770
True Color
241 Kb



Overall view of the apse calotte
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

1200*779
True Color
317 Kb



Apse calotte mosaic (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

838*1001
True Color
299 Kb



Apse calotte mosaic (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

832*1050
True Color
334 Kb



Apse calotte mosaic (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

900*1029
True Color
334 Kb



Apse calotte mosaic (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

900*966
True Color
333 Kb



Apsidal arch (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

800*1051
True Color
309 Kb



Apsidal arch (detail)
1140-43
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere, Rome

800*1070
True Color
304 Kb



Façade (detail)
1290-1310
Mosaic
Santa Maria in Trastevere. Rome

1384*600
True Color
247 Kb




Summary of Italian mosaics
Mosaics in Rome
San Clemente | Santa Maria in Trastevere | Santa Maria Maggiore
Mosaics in Sicily
Cathedral of Cefalù | Cappella Palatina, Palermo | Cathedral of Monreale
Mosaics in Venice
Basilica di San Marco
Mosaics in Florence
Battistero di San Giovanni (Baptistery)
Other mosaics
11th-12th centuries | 13th-14th centuries
Mosaicists
RUSUTI, Filippo | TORRITI, Jacopo | CAVALLINI, Pietro
CIMABUE | GIOTTO | GIAMBONO, Michele | ANDREA DEL CASTAGNO