Saint Peter in the Vatican. The Mosaics and the Sacred Space
The characteristics of the construction of St. Peter's Basilica as we know it today - rebuilt during the Renaissance on the original site of the ancient Christian basilica - are structured according to a symbolic system that refers to the origins of Christianity and the teachings of the Catholic Reformation.
The main element that characterizes the "new St. Peter" is centered on the symbolism of the unusual relationship that develops between the central dome, the altar and the tomb of the saint. The connection of these three elements raises the true vertical a is of the encounter between nature and sopranatura. A vertical a is that intersects the horizontal a is centered on the square outside the basilica, surrounded by colonnades.
The symbolism of each chapel is consistent with that of all others, but in the mosaics that the message that the church is the bearer winds e tensively.
Are mosaics in the central dome, in the side chapels, the domes of the individual chapels and altarpieces; hectares of tiles that create the largest mosaic in the world system.
The intent of this book is to lead the reader by the hand through the harmony and the greatness of these mosaics, analyzing the issues that they bring on stage. In this way, comple and returning the message of the Basilica.
This is an important iconographic reading to understand the space and the images of Saint Peter. The Chapel of baptism, for e ample, depicts three scenes in his dome water baptism, baptism by blood (martyrdom) and desire. This proves that in Christian tradition, the universal salvation of mankind has always been a key theme.
Each chapel, with its dome and altarpiece, weaves its dialogue with the history of the Church and its doctrine.
The volume, edited by the venerable Fabric of St. Peter has a wealth of unreleased material along with iconographic and documentary introduces and leads the reader into the heart of the First Church of Western Christianity. The work is enhanced by a specially made photographic campaign, which brings the reader to these masterpieces with a detail never seen until now.
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