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TYPE OF PRINT: Steel engraving.
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PUBLISHER: Santarelli Editore, Piazza di Spagna, No 67, Roma
YEAR OF PRINTING: not indicated in the print, est. 1830s.

DIMENSIONS: Overall dimensions of the print including blank margins: 9 x 12 1/2. Dimensions of the image: 4 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches. (1 inch = 2,54 cm.)

CONDITION: Excellent. Printed on heavier paper. Light overall age toning of paper.

NOTES: The first photo shows the image only, the second shows the overall view of the print. Green 'border' around the print in the second photo is a contrasting background on which the print was photographed, it is not part of the print.

DESCRIPTION: Located on the Esquiline, Sta. Maria Maggiore was founded in 432, just after the Council of Ephesus, which raised the Virgin above all created things; it was thus the first great church of Mary in Rome. Behind its Neoclassic facade (1741-43), the original basilica has resisted change. Most of the mosaics date from the time it was built, lining the walls and bursting with blue and gold around the altar. When a new apse was added in the 13th century, it was also decorated with mosaics. Although the ceiling is Renaissance, the slabs of fine marble and the classical columns are pieces of original plunder from other buildings. The great treasure of the church is the Crib of Christ, five pieces of wood connected by bits of metal. Another pope, St. Liberius (352-366), built another church on the Esquiline in response to a vision of the Virgin, who told him to erect a church where snow fell on the night of August 5. In remembrance, it "snows" white flower petals from the roof of the Pope Paul V chapel in Sta. Maria Maggiore every August 5.

ITALY Rome Exterior View of Santa Maria Maggiore - 1830s Vintage Antique Print


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