Week 7 - Week 7 Early Christian Mosaics 5th Century Christ...

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Week 7 Early Christian Mosaics: 5 th Century Christ Enthroned, Santa Pudenziana Example of the decoration of the apse Name of the Church is based on the name of the saint who is buried there saint links earth to heaven At this period in time, artist is knowledgeable in the classical style - Able to gives sense of a space and depth Material is mosaic Christ is the central figure of the apse and there is gold mosaic behind his head in the form of a circle - large figure - disciples are seated around him and he is the teacher - may be based on ruler with senate seated around the ruler or may not be an image of the emperor but a depiction of a Roman God wearing gold robe could maybe be Roman god of Jupiter Christ seen as the Roman god Jupiter - shown with a beard, same facial feature as Jupiter - shown this way because it shows that he has more authority Peter at the left and Paul at the right Female personification crowning Peter and Paul - Possibly crowning the Jewish disciple and gentile disciple Homage being paid to Peter and Paul leads to the interpretation of the recognition of the Christian church Idea is that the Lord along with bishop and pope are the protector of the Roman church from the Germanic tribes Layers of meaning: Christ is surrounded by disciples and also there are animals above them that appear in the sky - man with wings: not an angel, symbol of the evangelist of one of the guys that wrote the gospel Matthew Represents Christ’s incarnation - Mark is the lion: in his book it begins in the wilderness lions live in the wilderness represents resurrection of Christ - John as the eagle: John who wrote the 4 th gospel was the same person that wrote the book of Revelation and in the book, John has a vision eagles have good vision Christ’s crucifixion - Luke as the ox: book begins with sacrifice ox is sacrificial animal Christ’s ascension Abraham and The Three Angels 2 mosaics located next to the apse - there are mosaics of battle scenes Not a completely good classical model Mosaic over the altar
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- subject matter is old testament story - shows Abraham 3 times - unraveling scroll from travelers telling wife to cook for 3 travelers dinner with 3 travelers/ angels - hidden meaning to this narrative - 3 figures is united as one - Upper portion refers to the trinity earliest medieval representation of the trinity uses prefiguration to show trinity - When Abraham feeds the three angels, he is a prefiguration of Christ Christ feeding angels = Abraham feeding three travelers - This is a prefiguration of the Eucharist Abraham and Melchizedek Another scene of prefiguration of the Eucharist, second mosaic another OT story Abraham is on the horse and Melchizedek is presenting him with food Here, Mel is the prefig. of Christ - Mel is the king of peace, he is likened to the son of god
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This note was uploaded on 05/06/2008 for the course AHIS 120g taught by Professor Malone during the Fall '07 term at USC.

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Week 7 - Week 7 Early Christian Mosaics 5th Century Christ...

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