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Zur Apsis Als Bildort

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The axioms of early Christian art history is of the belief that the two apse mosaics of S. Costanza in Rome reflect monumental church apse mosaics or copies of the apse mosaic of Old St. Peter. This chapter concerns the image locations and in particular the change of heart, who accompanied the process of gradual ousting of the statue of the apse. Well-preserved apses, where once statues stood are a very rare condition. Some examples can be seen in Syria. In Rome the latest ancient colossal statues have been received in apses. The Maxentius Basilica, however, was conceptually and formally entirely innovative. The Basilica of Maxentius radiates per se imperial significance, quite regardless of its intended specific function. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: apses; Basilica of Maxentius; Christian art history; Rome; Syria



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