The beautiful mosaics in Santa Prassede were commissioned by Pope St Paschal I (r. 817-24). The pope appears in the apse mosaic holding a model of the church. He sports a square nimbus, indicating that he was alive when the mosaic was created.
To the pope's left stand St Praxedes and St Paul. The three figures to the right of Christ are St Paul, St Pudentiana and St Zeno (?).
The monogram of Paschal I may be seen in the centre of the arch, above the head of Christ, who is being crowned by the hand of God the Father.
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My name is David Lown and I am an art historian from Cambridge, England. Since 2001 I have lived in Italy, where I run private and
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