Sunday, October 17, 2010

San Paolo: Mosaic of the Apse

Title and Date of Work: 13th Century; Renovations Made Since
Name of Artist: Various Venetian Masters
Exact Location: San Paolo Fuori le Mura
Medium: Mosaic
Dimensions: 24m by 12m

     In the center of the Mosaic we see Christ making the symbol of the Trinity; this is Christ's hand displaying three fingers (Father, Son, Holy Spirit), the other fingers represent Christ's double nature, divine and human.
     To Christ's right we see Paul and Luke. Paul's name is the only name to be written in both Greek and Latin. To Christ's left we see Peter and Andrew.
     Christ is holding an open scroll displaying the last judgment. The scroll reads "Come, you blessed of my Father, receive the kingdom that has been prepared for you since the foundation of the world."
     The scroll that Paul is holding reads "At the name of Jesus, let every knee bow down, in heaven, on earth, and under the earth."
     Peter's scroll reads "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."

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