Media in category "San Clemente (Rome) - Apse" The following 25 files are in this category, out of 25 total. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com. But San Clemente's mosaic merges the iconography of Paradise with images of the Church in the contemporary world. The center of the mosaic is a complete crucifixion scene with the Virgin Mary on Jesus’ right and John on the left. The mosaic in San Clemente was the first great apse mosaic to have been produced in Rome in roughly two hundred years. Jesus used the metaphor of sheep throughout the New Testament and was also referred to as the Lamb of God. This scene comes directly from the verse Psalms 42:1, “As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.”  If you look closely behind the deer there are two peacocks, one on each side of the mosaic. Some may even refer to the cross itself as being the tree of life which can be seen with the way the cross emerges out of the tree and is then wrapped with the vines. It is traced in mosaic in the apse of the ancient church of St. Clemente, one of the most remarkable and yet one of the most typically Roman of churches; for it descends below into a stratification of dead churches and pagan foundations. Where the apse meets the flat surface of the east end of the nave, the mosaic represents Bethlehem on the left and Jerusalem on the right. Few people take any notice of this in real life -although the author of the Italian Wikipedia article has. According to ancient beliefs, the Peacock had pure immortal flesh, which is exactly why it became associated with the resurrection of Christ. The Basilica of Saint Clement (Italian: Basilica di San Clemente al Laterano) is a Roman Catholic minor basilica dedicated to Pope Clement I located in Rome, Italy. Mosaic Psalm 42–43. Open in image viewer. File usage. The Basilica of San Clemente, located in the heart of medieval Rome, is an example of this faithful copying. Previous Next. [T]he glory of the apse is its glittering twelfth-century mosaic, a crucifixion in which Christ is surrounded on the cross by doves, while the cross itself rises from a luxuriant blue and green tree of life. Apse mosaics, San Clemente, 12th century In the centre of the mosaic we see a symbolic crucifixion; the cross far larger than the figure of Christ around which vast doves, symbols of the Holy Spirit, roost. The cross itself is actually a complete crucifixion scene with Mary and St. John beside it and the hand of God the Father above, tendering a wreath of victory to Christ. The Apse at San Clemente, Rome The Apse Mosaic at San Clemente Like the one at St. John Lateran, this apse mosaic centers on a cross that relates to a vision of Paradise. The Basilica of San Clemente, Rome. Change ), Crucifix With Eight Stories From The Passion, http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/rome-san-clemente, http://www.aug.edu/augusta/iconography/sanClemente/apse.html. For Christians visiting Rome, the mosaic in San Clemente (or at other churches), is a fun way to inventory Christian symbols and their meaning. Between the shepherds, peacocks, geese, ducks and deer lap up the healing waters from the four rivers of Paradise. So let us narrow our focus on the central meaning, and that is the Church is the Mystical Body of Christ. Read more about crosses and lambs in Christian symbolism. Read more about Saints Peter, Paul, and Clement. Apse mosaic, Basilica of San Clemente, Rome, 1130s (photo: James Stringer, CC BY-NC 2.0) Grafted onto this bucolic scene are explicitly Christian themes. San Clemente Church – Apse mosaic, Rome, Italy Mosaic details in San Clemente church, Rome, Italy The ceiling of the Basilica di San Clemente Heavenly imagery appears in intertwined biblical scenes with the tree of life and the cross, saints and symbolic flora and fauna such as the twelve sheep (apostles) approaching the Lamb of God. Although there is still speculation over who really painted the Apse at San Clemente, it is most commonly accepted that it is the work of Masolino da Panicale. File history. Photographed at the church by Richard Stracke, shared under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. I encourage you to look at this picture of the Apse Mosaic of San Clemente and discover other symbols that Masolino da Panicale created and post them in the comment section below. Below this inscription the apostles are represented by twelve sheep that face toward the Lamb of God, an image based on the Book of Revelation. In the body of Christ above this inscription rest [some] wood from the Cross, a tooth of James, and of Ignatius." The central lamb has a cruciform halo, symbolizing Christ. There is a third church dedicated to the saint in Rome, San Clem… First, the apostles appear as doves surrounding Jesus on the cross. Eventually rebuilt, the top tier of the Basilica of San Clemente was completed during the 12th Century. Start studying Symbolisms of "tree of life" - apse mosaic in San Clemente, Rome. The mosaic is drenched in so much symbolism, that it will take chapters to discuss them all. The dedication is to Pope St Clement I. At first glance it seems as though the Apse is a jumbled mess surrounding a simple crucifixion scene, however, the symbolism is simply genius as every image and character depicted holds great importance. The Tree of Life (Apse Mosaic of San Clemente), c.1130, Mosaic, Basilica of San Clemente al Laterano, Rome, Scala / Art Resource, NY. Next lesson. The apse of San Clemente's upper church dates to the 1120s and was probably executed by artisans from Byzantium. Apse mosaic, Basilica of San Clemente, Rome, 1130s (photo: James Stringer, CC BY-NC 2.0) Grafted onto this bucolic scene are explicitly Christian themes. 12th or 13th century the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950 Thus its most prominent feature is a vast vine studded with figures of lords and stewards, Doctors of the Church, and peasants (example) engaged in their daily tasks. The Basilica of St. Clement (Basilica di San Clemente) is a unique church, definitely worth visiting for everyone who wants to feel that the “Eternal City” is not just a figure of speech but a reflection of reality. A sample of the symbols in this mosaic alone include: Lamb of God (center) = Jesus Twelve lambs (bottom) = twelve tribes of Israel, twelve apostles Date/Time Thumbnail Dimensions User Comment; current: 22:27, 10 May 2017: 1,436 × 2,040 (1.01 MB) Pharos: GWToolset: Creating mediafile for Pharos. Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death, PREVIOUS                              NEXT. And the leaves of the tree are for the healing of the nations.” Through the crucifixion people of all nations are saved.  Stracke, J.R. May 10, 2010. http://www.sacred-destinations.com/italy/rome-san-clemente (accessed November 28, 2011). The mosaic in San Clemente was the first great apse mosaic to have been produced in Rome in roughly two hundred years. The 12th-century mosaic of the crucifix in the apse of Rome’s basilica of San Clemente. The Apse Mosaic at San Clemente: Detail, Tree of Life, stags at streams, Lamb of God As usual, the number of streams is four, reflecting the four rivers in the Garden of Eden. ( Log Out /  Underneath the tree of Life, there are four streams of water coming out of the tree that signifies the four rivers of Eden. At first glance it seems as though the Apse is a jumbled mess surrounding a simple crucifixion scene, however, the symbolism is simply genius as every image and character depicted holds great importance. Largely due to the Norman Sack of Rome, this mid-level church was severely damaged in 1084 AD. The Apse Mosaic at San Clemente. Our mission is to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. The Romanesque churches of Tuscany: San Miniato in Florence and Pisa Cathedral. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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