De Sessorianis reliquiis commentarius

Name of text: De Sessorianis reliquiis commentarius
Author of text: De Correriis
Date of text: 1830
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: Holy Cross in Jerusalem, Rome, Chapel of S. Helena
Type of structure in text: Chapel
Date of structure in text 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th, 18th
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2: 18 AD
Country in text: Italy
Region in text: Lazio
City in text: Rome
Specific place of mosaic in text: Arch
Description of mosaic in text:

Because of the antiquity of the walls, or the indifference of the inhabitants, the arch of the chapel resident in [the church of the Holy Cross in] Jerusalem threatened to collapse, and a mosaic of images done in the time of of Valentinian, that was described on the front was completely destroyed. Bernadinus Carvajal restored arch itself, mosaic, and figures to once again similar to the original.

Mosaic date in text: 4 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text:

De Correriis, De Sessorianis reliquiis commentarius (Rome: 1830), p. 84, 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, 6.1/2 (1890), 1-9, see p. 2


Chapel dedicated in 325 in Helena’s palace.  Later in 4th C became part of church. Restored in 8th century, 1144-5, again in 16th C, again in 1740-58.

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