THE MOSAICS OF ROME
Rome boasts the majority of well preserved ancient
and medieval mosaics, more than Istanbul, Venice or Ravenna. Discover
the mosaics of Santa Costanza an impressive circular basilica and
mausoleum where the daughter of the emperor Constantine was buried.
The IV century mosaics are probably the most beautiful in Rome composed
of fruit and flowers, exotic birds, cupids and scenes of vintage.
San Zenone Chapel is the most ancient Byzantine monument in Rome
with breathtaking IX century mosaics. The Basilica of Santa Maria
Maggiore, one of the 4 papal basilicas of Rome is famous for its
V century mosaics of the prophets and the Childhood of Jesus. The
mosaics dedicated to the Virgin Mary are signed by Torriti (end
of 13th century). The medieval façade is decorated with mosaics
representing the Legend of the Snow. The last floor of Palazzo Massimo
(National Roman Museum) is entirely devoted to ancient mosaics from
various Roman villas. San Clemente: precious gilded mosaics of the
middle ages (Triumph of the Cross) . Santa Maria in Trastevere is
the second most important church for mosaics after Santa Maria Maggiore
with precious medieval mosaics. The ones dedicated to the Virgin
are by the famous Pietro Cavallini.