Mosaics in San Clemente, Rome (1130s)

The present church of San Clemente was constructed to replace the Early Christian basilica from the 4th century. It was built by the cardinal and priest of San Clemente, Anastasius, who is documented between 1102 and 1125, and it rises above its predecessors's centre and left side aisles. The structure was completed and consecrated around 1118-19. The mosaic decoration of the apse is generally dated to this time. However, recent studies suggest a a considerably later date in the 1130s.

The mosaic in San Clemente was the first great apse mosaic to have been produced in Rome in roughly two hundred years. It incorporated any number of familiar motifs from Early Christian mosaics, but combined them with distinctly medieval pictorial elements to create a new synthesis.

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Interior view
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

900*1083
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234 Kb



Overall view of the apse
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

1100*773
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387 Kb



Overall view of the apse
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

1214*800
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307 Kb



Overall view of the apse
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

950*647
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242 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

650*822
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198 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

493*1200
True Color
241 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

804*1200
True Color
249 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

900*1142
True Color
335 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

900*1089
True Color
323 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

850*1020
True Color
274 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

800*1081
True Color
324 Kb



Apsidal arch (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

800*1218
True Color
327 Kb



Apsidal arch (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

850*1017
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275 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
1130s
Mosaic
San Clemente, Rome

640*800
True Color
242 Kb




Summary of Italian mosaics
Early Christian mosaics
Rome | Ravenna
Mosaics in Rome
Santa Prassede |San Clemente | Santa Maria in Trastevere
Mosaics in Sicily
Cathedral of Cefalů | 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