342 HI- Southern Quarters. ROME.
i. San Clemente.
and Clement (r.) introduce the kneeling St. Cyril. To the left kneels
Cyril's brother Methodius (9th cent.). — Opposite (on the right),
a mother finds at the aitar of St. Clement her child who had been
swallowed up by the sea and thrown on shore a year later. Under
it, the family of the donor grouped round the medallion-portrait of
St. Clement. To the right is the dedication: Ego BenodeRapiza
prò amore dei et beati Clementis pingere feci (9th cent.). — Or
the right, farther on, the Transference of the remains of St. Cyril
from the Vatican to Sau Clemente in the reign of Pope Nicholas,
with the dedication : Ego Maria Macellarla prò timore Dei e\
remedio anime mee haec pingere feci. — At the end of the vest
buie on the right is the entrance to the —
Left Aisle. Over the door of the latter are three badly-preserv
frescoes of which that in the centre represents the resuscitatio'
of a child. The frescoes on the S. wall illustrate scenes fromth'
Old Testament (lower row) and New Testament (upper row). At th,
left corner, Jacob's dream (below) and Crucifixion of St. Petej
(above); then, Esther before Ahasuerus (below; not St. Cyril befon
the Emp. Michael) and the Madonna (above). On the side-wall
Baptism in presence of St. Clement.
The Nave is now entered through the arch in the right wall
Here, immediately to the left, is a fresco in three sections, one abovt
the other. Half of the uppermost, the Enthronement of St. Clement,
is destroyed. That in the; centre represents St. Clement celebratine
mass; on the right Theodora converted to Christianity and her
husband Sisinius struck with blindness ; the smaller figures on the
left are those of the donor Beno and his wife. Below it is also the
dedicatory inscription : Ego Beno de Rapiza cum Maria uxore
mea, etc. The lowest represents Sisinius causing a column to he
bound instead of St. Clement (9th cent.). The lateral surfaces of
this pier, the view of which is obscured by the proximity of the
walls (best seen from the left aisle), are also adorned with frescoes,
representing St. Blasius, and Daniel in the lions' den. — Farther
on towards the vestibule, on the same wall, is another and larger
fresco in three sections. The highest, now half obliterated, re¬
presents Christ between Michael and St. Clement (1.), and Gabriel
and St. Nicholas (r.). In the centre are three scenes from the life
of St. Alexius, placed side by side as is the case with scenes on
Roman sarcophagi : a. Alexius returns unrecognized to Rome as a
hermit; 6. Pope Boniface I. blesses the dying man; e. The betrothed
of St. Alexius recognizes his corpse. Below are ornamentai frescoes,
with flowers and birds.
The frescoes of the external wall of the right aisle are almost
obliterated. A niche here contains a group of Mary with Jesus. On
the arch above, Christ (beardless), with figures of angels and saints
on each side; large representation of the Last Judgment (9th cent.).