Descriptio basilicae Vaticanae

Name of text: Descriptio basilicae Vaticanae
Author of text: Petrus Mallius
Date of text: 12th century
Date of person in text: 12th century
Name of structure in text: Old St. Peter's, Oratory of Santa Croce/Holy Cross
Type of structure in text: Oratory
Date of structure in text ca. 498-514
Century of structure 1: 5 AD
Century of structure 2: 6 AD
Country in text: Italy
Region in text: Lazio
City in text: Rome
Specific place of mosaic in text:
Description of mosaic in text:

Commissioned by Pope Symmachus

Mosaic date in text: 6 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text:

Mallius, Petrus, Descriptio basilicae Vaticanae, ed. de Angelis, p. 124, quoted in Eugene Muntz, ‘The Lost Mosaics of Rome IV to IX Century’, The American Journal of Archaeology and of the History of the Fine Arts, 2.3 (1886), 295-313, see p. 297

Comments: Although Mallius stipulates that Symmachus was the patron, Muntz argues that it was more likely to have been Pope Leo III

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