The Tree of Life

The apse of San Clemente's upper church dates to the 1120s and was probably executed by artisans from Byzantium. It was deliberately done in an 'antique' style, using symbols and designs inspired by the earliest Christian art in the catacombs. The Cross is the Tree of Life, for all manner of life dwells in its spreading vines, which represent the Church, including the four Fathers of the Latin Church. Reproduced courtesy of the Irish Dominican Fathers, © This is one of my favourite mosaics and one of the highlights of Rome.

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Fonte: Lawrence OP

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