Apse Mosaic - Basilica of Cosmas and Damien.
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Title:Apse Mosaic - Basilica of Cosmas and Damien
Notes:This view exhibits the Cosmic Christ. The alternating colors inlaid into the blue tesserae emphasize his place in the cosmos. He is flanked by Paul and Peter, and next to them, the patron saints, Cosmas and Damien. Cosmas and Damien were esteemed in antiquity as ancient doctors, who treated Christians without fear of persecution. Also note the lambs processing at the bottom from either side. This scene is replicated at Sta Maria Maggiore, and San Apollinare in Classe. The basilica hall was attached to a round temple that has been identified as the Temple of Jupiter Stator, which has been dated to the 3rd century BC.
Building:Basilica dei Santi Cosma e Damiano (Rome, Italy)

Person as Subject:Jesus Christ
Cosmas, martyr, 3rd c.
Damian, martyr, 3rd c.

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Copyright Source:From the library of Lee M. Jefferson
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Attribution:Apse Mosaic - Basilica of Cosmas and Damien, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. http://diglib.library.vanderbilt.edu/act-imagelink.pl?RC=52453 [retrieved October 26, 2016]. Original source: From the library of Lee M. Jefferson.
Record Number:52453 Last Updated: 2011-02-07 13:58:48 Record Created: 2007-09-06 00:00:00
Institution:Vanderbilt University Unit: Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition