Liber Pontificalis,in vita Sergii II and in vita Leonis IV

Name of text: Liber Pontificalis,in vita Sergii II and in vita Leonis IV
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Date of person in text: Sergius II 844-47, Leo IV 847-55
Name of structure in text: S. Martino ai Monti
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 6th, 8th
Century of structure 1: 6 AD
Century of structure 2: 8 AD
Country in text: Italy
Region in text: Lazio
City in text: Rome
Specific place of mosaic in text: Apse
Description of mosaic in text: With great love he [Sergius II] depicted its apse in gold colours on the overlaid mosaic.
This distinguished and bountiful prelate [ Leo IV] adorned and painted in beautiful colours SS Silvester and Martin’s church, which his predecessor Sergius had built from its lowest walls
Mosaic date in text: 9 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? Yes
Colour descriptions in text:

Liber Pontificalis,in vita Sergii II, 31, ed. Duchesne, vol 2, p. 93, ed. Vignoli vol 3, p. 55, and Liber Pontificalis,in vita Leonis IV, 99, ed. Duchesne, vol 2, pp. 131, 139, ed. Vignoli vol 3, p. 132, 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. 3, trans. by Raymond Davis, The Lives of the Ninth-Century Popes (Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 1995), pp. 88-89, 153


Constructed by St. Symmachus c. 500 and restored by Hadrian I (772-95), adorned under Sergius II (844-47) and Leo IV (847-55), tribune with mosaics on gold ground. Church revamped in 1650.

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