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Ecclesia Romana mosaic
Mosaic / Intarsia
12th century A.D.
Polichrome mosaic with glass-paste tesserae

This fragment of a gold-ground mosaic depicts the personification of Ecclesia Romana (the Church of Rome), her head covered with a richly jeweled crown. The mosaic comes from the original decoration of the apse at St. Peter’s, crafted under the reign of pope Innocent III (1198-1216) and destroyed in 1582, during the renovation of the basilica

Provenance: From St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican
Inventory: Inv. MB 209

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