Architect : Siricius (commissioner (poss.))
Completion: 4th c.
Locality : Roma
Country : Italy
Building style : Early Christian architecture
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“The mosaic of the apse is, together with the mosaics of the apses in S. Costanza, the oldest Christian apse mosaic still preserved. Its luxury and quality and its multi-figural composition in a complex and multi-layered iconography stand in strange contrast to the modest effort of this courtyard building transformed into a basilica. This contrast is however quite characteristic of Late Antique architecture, where elaborate furnishings and splendid decorations were highly prized. The baroque renovations, which cut the edges of the mosaic, as well as extensive restorations have not been able to detract from the fascinating appeal of this artwork.”
Brandenburg, Hugo: Ancient Churches of Rome from the Fourth to the Seventh Century – The Dawn of Christian Architecture in the West, Brepols, 2005, pp. 140–141.
“Early in the fifth century the new classical current came to the fore in the realm of church decoration; in about 390 a large thermae hall was turned into the church of S. Pudenziana and was redecorated in the subsequent fifteen years. Its apse vault, rather than being sheathed with unadorned gold ground as was that of Constantine’s Lateran Basilica, was filled with the earliest figural representation to survive in, and presumably one of the first designed for, a Roman church…”
Krautheimer, Richard: Rome – Profile of a City, 312–1308, Princeton University Press, New Jersey, 1980, p. 40.
Ed. Katriina Puputti