Detail View: ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART: Virgin of the Nativity (Theotokos) [mosaic fragment]

Collection: 
ADJUNCT MODULE D: WORLD ART
Preferred Title: 
Virgin of the Nativity (Theotokos) [mosaic fragment]
Image View: 
Detail of an inset inscription panel in Latin, naming Pope John VII
Creator: 
reign of Pope John VII (Byzantine ruler, ca. 650-707); unknown (Byzantine mosaicist)
Location: 
exhibition: Santa Maria Antiqua (Rome, Lazio, Italy)
Location Note: 
Palantine Hill, Roman Forum; Via di S. Teodoro, 1; from exhibition, "Santa Maria Antiqua between Rome and Byzantium", 2016
GPS: 
+41.891+12.485583
Date: 
705-706 (creation)
Cultural Context: 
Byzantine
Style Period: 
Byzantine; eighth century (dates CE)
Work Type 1: 
mosaic (visual work)
Classification: 
Decorative Arts, Utilitarian Objects and Interior Design
Material: 
glass tesserae; fragment remounted and framed
Technique: 
mosaic (process)
Subjects: 
saints; Mary, Blessed Virgin, Saint
Description: 
Located at the foot of the Palatine Hill, Santa Maria Antiqua is the oldest Christian monument in the Roman Forum. Pope John VII (705-707) used this church in the early 8th century as the seat of the bishop of Rome; this period has the most surviving decorations in the church. This mosaic was actually commissioned by Pope John VII to decorate an Oratory, dedicated to the Theotokos (Mother of God), in the original Basilica of Saint Peter (Old St. Peter's). Fragments of the mosaic were moved to the Vatican grottoes in 1609; some are now part of the Vatican collections, others are scattered. Part of an exhibit when the restored Santa Maria Antiqua was first opened to the public in 2016. (Source: Wikipedia; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page)
Collection: 
Archivision Adjunct Module D: World Art
Identifier: 
6A2-I-R-RF-SMA-TVON-A03
Rights: 
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