MOSAIC ARTIST, Italian
(active c. 1200 in Rome)

Fragment

c. 1200
Mosaic
San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome

In a letter to the Venetian doge, Pope Innocent III (1198-1216) asked the mosaic artists be sent to work with the master, also dispatched from Venice, engaged to create the apse mosaic in San Paolo fuori le Mura, Rome. This is evidence of the Romans' dependence on foreign mosaicists. Unfortunately, the mosaic in question has not survived undamaged. Like the structure itself, it had to be completely redone after the devastating fire in 1823, although a few original fragments were preserved. The fragment of the head of St Peter attests to the high artistry of the medieval mosaic.




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