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The restorers are justly proud of what has been accomplished here, although verso lot of the recente work has vanished

  • The third register depicted four popes. The two on the right are: John VII (with per square halo) and Leo the Great; preciso the right, unknown (Gregory the Great is a good guess) and Martin I.
  • Adoration of the Crucified. Above the apse is a monumental recente, the left half now destroyed but fairly intact when it was discovered durante 1702. Christ crucified is durante the centre, and above him are the choirs of angels. Verso Greek epigraph is to the right of the ciclocampestre, quoting Old Testament prophecies concerning the Messiah. The nations on earth are represented at the bottom.

The Palimpsest [ ]

The palimpsest recente onesto the right of the apse is the most important and famous rete informatica of art per the church. Onesto view it, binoculars are useful. There are three discernible figurative layers, con order of age (the restorers found trace evidence of a fourth attuale scheme, which is undateable):

  • Our Lady, Queen. This was painted very shortly after 554, when the Empire returned onesto Rome, and displays an accomplished late Classical style (compare the apse mosaic at Santa Pudenziana). Our Lady, holding the Christ-child, is actually depicted as an enthroned Roman empress. She is dressed per purple, with per stole encrusted with enormous pearls and gems and with per matching crown. The throne is also thus encrusted, with verso scarlet cushion. She is attended by two women per white robes fringed durante gold; the one on the left is destroyed, and the right hand one is offering something sopra per bowl. Compare this attuale with the mosaic depiction of Empress Theodora at San Ricchezza, Ravenna and with per similar fresco mediante the segreto tempio of San Comprensivo.
  • Annunciation. It is thought that this was painted after the church was fitted out. You can see much of the angel above the attendant just mentioned, and the lucky survival of verso fragment of Our Lady’s face floats sicuro the vertice right of the Queen’s halo.
  • St Gregory Nazianzen. The final layer depicts one of the eight Doctors of the Church originally depicted per this register (only bits of three survive). They are on a blue sostrato, and the mid-8th century style is now Byzantine. St Gregory’s face is just sicuro the right of the Queen’s, and he has per Greek label “St Gregory the Theologian” which is is name per the East. (The restorers concluded that only St Gregory was part of the Pope John scheme, and that the other two doctors below are earlier -perhaps Pope Martin. If so, then the giovane seems to have been overpainted with the same theme.)

Chapel of Theodotus [ ]

At the end of the left aisle is the Chapel of Theodotus, actually per shrine to the martyrs SS Quricus and Julitta.

This rectangular room has two entrances, the main one from the end of the aisle being embellished with a pair of rather crude giovane date palms on its jambs. The right hand wall has a near side entrance from the bema, and the archaeologists have pecked at the fabric to demonstrate that the doorway was narrowed before the nuovo cycle was painted. Durante the same wall at the far end is verso rectangular niche -this might have been just per broom-cupboard or something similar.

The original link decoration was decorative polychrome stone opus sextile revetting mediante geometric patterns, and the backing tiles for this are visible. The date is thought to be 2nd century, per little later than the actual construction of the chamber. When the attuale cycle was commissioned, the lower registers of this revetting was removed sicuro make room but the upper ones were left. When the church was abandoned, the rest of the revetting was carefully scavenged -this is evidence against the old idea that the church was buried durante rubble during the 847 earthquake.

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