Mosaics in Rome: A Stroll Through the Gardens of Paradise with Livia Galante - Context Travel

Mosaics in Rome: A Stroll Through the Gardens of Paradise with Livia Galante


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Join Livia Galante to explore the artistic treasures hidden in some of the most beautiful basilicas in Rome.  

Christians began building churches in Rome in the early fourth century, and from the beginning, used mosaics to enhance the beauty of these holy places. The depictions of stories from the Bible and the Gospel were designed to inspire worshippers with sacred stories. The iconography of the mosaic decorations was drawn from ancient Roman art but evolved into a new style in its own right over the centuries.

We will start at the Basilica of Santi Cosma e Damiano, the first Christian Church built in an existing Roman public building in the Roman Forum. The beautiful mosaic in the apse, depicting Jesus in the heavens, will be a model for mosaic decorations in churches to come. Another interesting example of early Christian art is in the Church of Santa Pudenziana, one of the oldest in Rome, where the apse’s mosaic shows its connection with Roman art. The magnificent Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, north of the city center, has a circular plan and is decorated with rare examples of ceiling mosaics. Next to the Mausoleum, the church of Sant’ Agnese has well preserved seventh-century decorations, with an uncommon depiction of a saint dominating in the apse. Extraordinary mosaics decorate the Basilica of Santa Prassede and its Chapel of San Zeno, whose beauty inspired the appellation of the “garden of paradise.” Exploring the apses of the Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John the Lateran, we shall enter the later Middle Ages. In these churches, we will see how the art of mosaic evolved into a new language.

Led by an expert on ancient Roman topography, Livia Galante, this interactive seminar will explore the mosaics in Rome’s churches. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with increased comprehension of these extraordinary artworks and the evolution in their style throughout the centuries.

Livia obtained a degree in Archaeology at the Sapienza University of Rome and has a Master's degree in the History and Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the University of Roma Tre. Her main field of interest is ancient Roman topography and early Christian architecture; however, she is an accomplished scholar whose teaching ability extends to the Renaissance and Baroque Rome. As a native Roman, Livia is very enthusiastic about sharing the deep love and knowledge she has for her hometown with clients.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Livia shared an amazing amount of detail with her passion for the subject matter.

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M.S.
Fascinating, Beautiful, Informative

Ms. Galante did a wonderful job of connecting the overt aesthetics of the mosaics to the rich symbolism, and the shift in both these over time. She also cued us in to mosaics we were unaware of, some to seek out in our next visit to Rome.

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Excellent Overview of Roman Mosaics

The presenter was very knowledgeable and well-prepared. Her conversation was well-organized and provided a good overview of mosaics in major Roman churches. I would highly recommend Ms. Galante and her lectures. I only hope that Context Learning engages her to prepare a similar program concerning the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.

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N.L.
Interior gardens in mosaic that shaped Roman belief

This was a marvelous exploration of material which we didn't know, my spouse and I, though we've been a few times to Rome. Detailed accountings of images in several basilicas built an underlying narrative of continuities even with change. Just great! Livia is so original and so well-informed that you finish knowing fine details and important new ideas.

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P.H.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
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T
T.

Livia shared an amazing amount of detail with her passion for the subject matter.

M
M.S.
Fascinating, Beautiful, Informative

Ms. Galante did a wonderful job of connecting the overt aesthetics of the mosaics to the rich symbolism, and the shift in both these over time. She also cued us in to mosaics we were unaware of, some to seek out in our next visit to Rome.

C
C.
Excellent Overview of Roman Mosaics

The presenter was very knowledgeable and well-prepared. Her conversation was well-organized and provided a good overview of mosaics in major Roman churches. I would highly recommend Ms. Galante and her lectures. I only hope that Context Learning engages her to prepare a similar program concerning the Byzantine mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.

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N.L.
Interior gardens in mosaic that shaped Roman belief

This was a marvelous exploration of material which we didn't know, my spouse and I, though we've been a few times to Rome. Detailed accountings of images in several basilicas built an underlying narrative of continuities even with change. Just great! Livia is so original and so well-informed that you finish knowing fine details and important new ideas.

P
P.H.

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