Pilgrims who visited the Holy Land between the IV and VII century

SOPHRONIUS OF JERUSALEM (ca. 600 A.D.)
Painted cover of the Lateran Reliquarium (6th Cent. A.D.)

The Lateran Reliquarium

Painted covering for a 7th century wooden box containing relics from the Holy Places (original size ca. 24 x 15 cm). The reliquarium, formerly preserved in the Lateran treasury, is presently shown in the Christian Section of the Musei Vaticani - Rome. The decoration is made up of the following scenes: The Resurrection, the Ascension, the Crucifixion, the Nativity and the Baptism of Christ. The right chronological order may be followed starting from bottom left to top right. This piece of Byzantine art is the best visual commentary for Sophronius' poetic text, because of its subject (Christian mysteries), dating (6th-7th cent. A.D.) and provenance (the Holy Land).

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Project, design, research and realization carried out by Eugenio Alliata ofm,
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