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Monreale cathedral, apse mosaics, St. Clement, pope and martyr

Monreale cathedral, apse mosaics, St. Clement, pope and martyr

St. Clement stands just to the left (north) of the central window in the lower register of the apse at Monreale cathedral. Clement was bishop of Rome at the end of the first century and he is traditionally thought to have been the third successor of St. Peter. He was venerated as a martyr. He was the author of a pastoral letter, on behalf of the church of Rome, to the church of Corinth which was suffering from internal conflicts. The letter was later seen as early evidence of the authority of the bishops of Rome – the future popes – over other churches. He is paired with St. Silvester – on the other side of the window – a fourth-century pope believed in the Middle Ages to have received extensive political and ecclesiastical authority from Emperor Constantine through the (forged) Donation of Constantine. Together, the importance of the two popes attests to the close relationship of King William II of Sicily with the papacy. Date: 1180s D'Emilio photo archive no. s19780913_1989u
Galleries: Italy 1180s, Mosaic, Mosaics, interior, Monreale cathedral, St. Clement, pope and martyr
Keywords: St. Clement, martyr, pallium, pope, tonsure
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Date of Photo:
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3562×5254
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22089