Lateran Basilica: Nave (Lateran Basilica (Rome, Italy) : View in the nave looking east, showing Cosmatesque style paving in polychrome marble (taken from ancient Roman buildings)

Creator:
Borromini, Francesco, 1599-1667
Published/Created:
Rome, Lazio, Italy
1646-1650 (alteration)
Date Depicted:
ca. 1990's
1500 AD - 1699 AD
Materials:
stone
stucco
Notes:
Borromini's largest commission came in 1644, when Innocent X entrusted him with the renovation of S Giovanni in Laterano. The Pope wanted to restore the venerable but decrepit church of the Bishop of Rome for the Holy Year of 1650. Borromini was obliged to retain the historic fabric of the nave as far as possible, cladding the old walls, which in places were leaning at a dangerous angle. The transepts, which had already been restored for the Holy Year of 1600, and the choir remained untouched, but the side aisles had to be completely reconstructed. The lower level features wide arches alternating with narrow segments of wall holding aedicule niches for the monumental statues of the Apostles. The surfaces above the niches are decorated with stucco reliefs of Old Testament and New Testament scenes attributed to the school of Alessandro Algardi. The strongest touch of colour is provided by the dark green marble columns of the aediculae...The columns are spolia recovered from the recently demolished side aisles. The niches probably symbolize the 12 doors of the heavenly Jerusalem (Revelation 21:12).
Variant Titles:
Saint John Lateran: Nave
Period/Style:
Baroque
Culture:
Italian
Accession Number:
1A2-I-R-SGL-H1
Genre:
architecture (AAT)
Format:
Image
Content Type:
Sculptures, Models, & Architecture
Rights:
Copyright Scott Gilchrist, Archivision, Inc
The use of this image may be subject to the copyright law of the United States (Title 17, United States Code) or to site license or other rights management terms and conditions. The person using the image is liable for any infringement.
Access Restrictions:
Yale Community Only
Digital:
New Testament; rulers and leaders; saints construction building divisions; rooms and spaces; naves
Source Creator:
Gilchrist, Scott
Source Title:
Archivision Base Collection
Source Created:
2878 Chamonix, Montreal QC
Archivision, Inc.
ca. 1990's
Source Note:
Purchase, Visual Resources Collection, May, 2011; photographer Scott Gilchrist
Yale Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Digital Collection:
Visual Resources Collection
Local Record Number:
4152
OID:
10095927
PID:
digcoll:1863860