This essay proposes a re-reading of the early medieval decoration of the church of Santa Passera alla Magliana, confirming its dating to the time of Paschal I and suggesting that it was commissioned directly or indirectly by the pope, with the involvement of his mother Theodora. The aim is to provide a reconstructive hypothesis of the cycle painted on the nave walls, dedicated to Saint Praxedes, and also of the apse decoration, in which the presence of early medieval iconographic spolia reused and remixed in the repainting of the 13th and 14th centuries has been identified. This semi-unknown extra-urban church is analysed in light of new evidence in the mosaic and pictorial workshops active in the city during the first half of the 9th century and on their interactions. Lastly, a possible interpretation of the cult developed in this church of Saints Cyrus and John and Saint Praxedes during the early Middle Ages is offered.

Bordi, G. (2020). Non solo mosaici, dipingere a Roma al tempo di Pasquale I. Santa Passera alla Magliana. In A.B. Serena Ammirati (a cura di), Grata più delle stelle. Pasquale I (817-824) e la Roma del suo tempo. Roma : Edizioni Efesto.

Non solo mosaici, dipingere a Roma al tempo di Pasquale I. Santa Passera alla Magliana

Giulia Bordi
2020

Abstract

This essay proposes a re-reading of the early medieval decoration of the church of Santa Passera alla Magliana, confirming its dating to the time of Paschal I and suggesting that it was commissioned directly or indirectly by the pope, with the involvement of his mother Theodora. The aim is to provide a reconstructive hypothesis of the cycle painted on the nave walls, dedicated to Saint Praxedes, and also of the apse decoration, in which the presence of early medieval iconographic spolia reused and remixed in the repainting of the 13th and 14th centuries has been identified. This semi-unknown extra-urban church is analysed in light of new evidence in the mosaic and pictorial workshops active in the city during the first half of the 9th century and on their interactions. Lastly, a possible interpretation of the cult developed in this church of Saints Cyrus and John and Saint Praxedes during the early Middle Ages is offered.
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Bordi, G. (2020). Non solo mosaici, dipingere a Roma al tempo di Pasquale I. Santa Passera alla Magliana. In A.B. Serena Ammirati (a cura di), Grata più delle stelle. Pasquale I (817-824) e la Roma del suo tempo. Roma : Edizioni Efesto.
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