Torriti’s splendid mosaics in Santa Maria Maggiore

With Filippo Rusuti and Pietro Cavallini, Jacopo Torriti was one of the leading figures in 13th-century painting in Rome, just as it overcame the figurativeness of its Byzantine influences.

Our gallery showcases one of this great artist’s two major works: the mosaics in the apse of the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome (his other masterpiece is the mosaic in the apse of San Giovanni in Laterano, also in Rome).

We don’t know much about Torriti: he was probably a Franciscan friar born in the area around Siena, and worked in Assisi with Filippo Rusuti to decorate the nave of the Upper Basilica of Saint Francis , perhaps while Cimabue was working for the same church. Around 1295, he created the mosaics of the Basilica Liberiana for pope Nicholas IV, the first pontiff to belong to the Order of Friars Minor.

The cycle represents “The crowning of the Holy Virgin” in the cavity of the apse, and “Scenes from Mary’s life” (“The Annunciation”, “The Nativity of Jesus”, “The Dormition of the Virgin”, “The Adoration of the Magi”, “The Presentation of Jesus at the Temple”) in the band below.

"The Crowning of the Holy Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Crowning of the Holy Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Crowning of the Holy Virgin", detail

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Crowning of the Holy Virgin", detail

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

From the left: Saint Francis, Saint Paul, Saint Peter and pope Nicholas IV, detail from "The Crowning of the Holy Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

Saint Peter, pope Nicholas IV and angels, detail from "The Crowning of the Holy Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

From the right: Saint Anthony, Saint John the Apostle, Saint John the Baptist, and Cardinal Colonna, detail from "The Crowning of the Holy Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Annunciation"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"Nativity of Jesus"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"Adoration of the Magi"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"Presentation of Jesus at the Temple"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Dormition of the Virgin"

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Dormition of the Virgin", detail

Jacopo Torriti, mosaici abside di Santa Maria Maggiore, Roma - apse mosaics, Rome

"The Dormition of the Virgin", detail

Torriti’s splendid mosaics in Santa Maria Maggiore

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