Friday, March 13, 2015

The most bizarre Renaissance work in Rome.

The Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme, near the Lateran hosts probably the most bizarre Renaissance work of art in Rome. The ceiling of the anti-chapel of Saint Helen is decorated with a mosaic executed by Melozzo da Forlì (then pictor papalis) in 1489 - it represents Christ in the act of blessing sorrounded by the evangelists. This work replaces a lost V century mosaic, hence the Byzantine influence of the work.

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