Ciacconio Collection of drawings

Name of text: Ciacconio Collection of drawings
Author of text: Ciacconio
Date of text: 16th century
Date of person in text:
Name of structure in text: S. Susanna
Type of structure in text: Church
Date of structure in text 4th, restored 795, remodelled in 15th and 16th C
Century of structure 1: 4 AD
Century of structure 2: 16 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:

Pope Leo III robed in red tunic and blue mantle holds the church which he has rebuilt, has a pallium decorated with a red cross and shoes with a red trefoil.  Youthful face, rectangular nimbus [indicated he was alive at the time the mosaic was made], in green, bordered on left by blue line.  Charlemagne wears v short blue tunic and yellowish mantle, blue nimbus bordered on each side with white.  He stands on light green hillock.  Shown as smaller than the Pope.

Mosaic date in text: 8 AD
Tesserae silver mentioned in text? No
Tesserae gold mentioned in text? No
Colour descriptions in text: blue
light green
Bibliography: Ciacconio collection of drawings, Latin MSS. No. 5407 ff. 74 and 96, Vatican Library, Rome, described 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. 9.

A vast mosaic of Christ flanked by Leo III [795-816], Charlemagne and Saints including Susanna (martyred 293) was so badly damaged in the 12th century by an earthquake, that the interior was plastered over in the complete renovation that spanned the years 1585–1602 and frescoed by Cesare Nebbia.

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