Mosaics in Santa Pudenziana, Rome (380-400)

The decoration of the Early Christian churches was mostly with mosaics. The late 4th-century apse mosaic of Santa Pudenziana is the most hieratically explicit, and clearly didactic.

On the apse, Christ, depicted as teacher and lawgiver, although also enthroned in majesty as judge, is seated in front of a hill, representing Golgotha, with a jewelled cross rising from it. On either side of Christ are the Apostles, with St Paul on his right, the position of honour, and St Peter on his left. Behind them are two female figures, representing 'Ecclesia ex gentibus' and 'Ecclesia ex circumcisione'.

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Apse mosaic
380-400
Mosaic
Santa Pudenziana, Rome

1300*971
True Color
254 Kb



Apse mosaic
380-400
Mosaic
Santa Pudenziana, Rome

1200*628
True Color
236 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
380-400
Mosaic
Santa Pudenziana, Rome

684*950
True Color
244 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
380-400
Mosaic
Santa Pudenziana, Rome

1200*900
True Color
245 Kb



Apse mosaic (detail)
380-400
Mosaic
Santa Pudenziana, Rome

1150*767
True Color
243 Kb