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Rome, Santa Prassede, apse mosaic, St. Zeno, a Roman priest and martyr

Rome, Santa Prassede, apse mosaic, St. Zeno, a Roman priest and martyr

The outer right figure in the apse mosaic of Santa Prassede (817-824) may be tentatively identified as St. Zeno, a priest and martyr of Rome whose relics were placed in a chapel in Santa Prassede by Pope Paschal I. The chapel was the burial place for Paschal’s mother, Theodora, and its rich mosaic decoration has survived. An inscription preserved in Santa Prassede commemorates Paschal I’s translation of the relics of 2300 saints to the church, names 86 of them in a carefully organized list, and records the specific placement of the relics of St. Zeno in Theodora’s funerary chapel. The inscription is transcribed and discussed in Goodson (2010), 228-34, 327-33 D'Emilio photo archive no. s19774226_1463u
Galleries: Apse, Apse mosaics with Christ and saints, Churches of Rome, Italy 800s, Mosaic, Santa Prassede, St. Zeno, priest and martyr
Keywords: halo, martyr, tonsure
Photo Location: Rome, Italy
Photographer: Dr. James D’Emilio
Date of Photo:
Device Make: Nikon
Device Model: Nikon SUPER COOLSCAN 5000 ED
Original Dimensions: 3563×5326
Picture Orientation: Portrait
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Picture Number: 22095