Rome - Santa Sabina
The Basilica of Saint Sabina (Latin: Basilica Sanctae Sabinae, Italian: Basilica di Santa Sabina all'Aventino) is a historical church on the Aventine Hill in Rome, Italy. It is a titular minor basilica and mother church of the Roman Catholic Order of Preachers, better known as the Dominicans. Santa Sabina is perched high above the Tiber river to the north and the Circus Maximus to the east. It is a short distance to the headquarters of the Knights of Malta.
Santa Sabina is the oldest extant Roman basilica in Rome that preserves its original colonnaded rectangular plan and architectural style. Its decorations have been restored to their original restrained design. Other basilicas, such as Santa Maria Maggiore, are often heavily and gaudily decorated. Because of its simplicity, the Santa Sabina represents the crossover from a roofed Roman forum to the churches of Christendom.
Santa Sabina was built by Peter of Illyria, a Dalmatian priest, between 422 and 432 near a temple of Juno on the Aventine Hill in Rome. The church was built on the site of the 4th-century house of Sabina a Roman matron originally from Avezzano in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Sabina was beheaded under the Emperor Vespasian, or perhaps Hadrian, because she had been converted to Christianity by her servant Seraphia, who was stoned to death. She was later declared a Christian Saint.
In the 9th century, it was enclosed in a fortification area. The interior was largely renovated by Domenico Fontana in 1587 and by Francesco Borromini in 1643. Italian architect and art historian Antonio Muñoz restored the original medieval appearance of the church (which had served as a lazaretto since 1870). The bell tower was built in the 10th century and remade in the Baroque period.
The church was the seat of a conclave in 1287, although the prelates left the church after a plague had killed six of them. They returned in the church only on 1288 February, electing Nicholas IV as pope.
The exterior of the church, with its large windows made of selenite, not glass, looks much as it did when it was built in the 5th century.
The wooden door of the basilica is generally agreed to be the original door from 430-32, although it was apparently not constructed for this doorway. Eighteen of its wooden panels survive — all but one depicting scenes from the Bible. Most famous among these is one of the earliest certain depictions of Christ's crucifixion, although other panels have also been the subjects of extensive analysis because of their importance for the study of Christian iconography.
Above the doorway, the interior preserves an original dedication in Latin hexameters.
The campanile (bell tower) dates from the 10th century.
The original 5th-century apse mosaic was replaced in 1559 by a very similar fresco by Taddeo Zuccari. The composition probably remained unchanged: Christ is flanked by a good thief and a bad thief, seated on a hill while lambs drink from a stream at its base. The iconography of the mosaic was very similar to another 5th-century mosaic, destroyed in the 17th century, in Sant'Andrea in Catabarbara. An interesting feature of the interior is a framed hole in the floor, exposing a Roman era temple column that pre-dates Santa Sabina. This appears to be the remnant of the Temple of Juno erected on the hilltop site during Roman times, which was likely razed to allow construction of the basilica. The tall, spacious nave has 24 columns of Proconnesian marble with perfectly matched Corinthian columns and bases, which were reused from the Temple of Juno.
The interior cells of the Dominican convent are little changed since the earliest days of the Order of Preachers. The cell of St. Dominic is still identified, though it has since been enlarged and converted to a chapel. Also, the original dining room still remains, in which St. Thomas Aquinas would dine when he lived to Rome.
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snunney (88924) 2014-04-07 7:19
The young lady under the memorial with her sketch pad makes a fine focal point and nicely complements the architecture. The exposure is ideal and the colours and detail well rendered.
Nicou (128776) 2014-04-07 7:23
Sueprbe vue quelle belle dame élégante avec son blaoc qui prend des notes et cette plaque comémorative sueprbe ensemble et scène splendide.
Bravo et maitié
jurek1951 (42194) 2014-04-07 9:28
a fascinating photo with very nice composition and beautiful details, superb colours and the timing is excellen,
pajaran (54508) 2014-04-07 9:46
Dobar dan, popodne.
Dobar tekst sa istorijom i opisom ...
Lep pogled na unutrasnjost bazilike i trenutak sa devojkom ...
Dobar trenutak snimka, ostrina i kontrast, lepo pokazan enterijer i devojka, lepe boje.
Dobar rad i kompozicija, lep trenutak.
Lepo popodne i sve najbolje u novoj nedelji koja je pocela, srecno.
Good afternoon, this afternoon.
A good text with a history and description of ...
Nice view of the interior of the basilica and the moment with a girl ...
Good time recording, sharpness and contrast nicely shown the interior and girl, beautiful colors.
Good work and composition, beautiful moment.
Nice afternoon and all the best in the new week that started, good luck.
holmertz (44342) 2014-04-07 10:08
This is a very pleasant composition. I would really have liked to take this photo. We don't actually see what the woman is trying to capture, but that is of less importance. What matters is that she is well placed, her colours match those of the church and the light surrounding her is very good. What a difference she makes to this photo! i also like the simple austerity of the interior, no baroque extravaganza, at least not in this part.
Subhogen (4067) 2014-04-07 11:21
This is really a fantastic capture of a young artist engrossed in sharpening her skills. She is perfectly placed in the frame. She really dwarfed by the huge pillars of this Church. An fascinating shot with many interesting details to enjoy. Thanks for sharing.
Silvio1953 (129220) 2014-04-07 11:28
Ciao Romano, però mica male sta santa Sabina tutta concentrata con gonna lunga trapuntata, bella anche l'architettura ma il soggetto principale è senza dubbio lei, grazie comunque anche per averci proposto una delle più antiche ed interessanti chiese di Roma, bravo, ciao Silvio
Noel_Byrne (26996) 2014-04-07 11:40
Appena ho visto questo mi ha ricordato di grandi maestri e le loro opere d'arte. La donna che scrive lettere, seduto con i cani, fare i compiti quotidiani, ma catturato in modo tale da preservare la loro bellezza unica per sempre. Questa è una immagine davvero meraviglioso, e ti sembra di aver catturato questo spirito womans. Lo sguardo nei suoi occhi, l'abbigliamento delicato, la luce, lo sfondo stimolante lavorare tutti insieme per fare un classico, bella immagine. Davvero ben fatto, un posto stimolante.
Tutti i migliori
mesutilgim (88454) 2014-04-07 12:46
I allways like to see art students working in museums or churchs like this one.
Taken with very good pov and good layout.
TFS and best regards
siudzi (34131) 2014-04-07 14:06
You have captured a really interesting scene inside this church. Like it due to the special mood around and amazing architectural details which were captured and presented. Very well done!
carlo62 (37938) 2014-04-07 15:07
la nota è completa e interessante, ma la foto lo è ancor di più, potrebbe essere stata scattata ovunque e il suo fascino rimarebbe inalterato.
Hai colto un bellissimo attimo, congelando nel tempo la concentrazione di questa ragazza immersa in un mondo molto lontano.
daddo (25519) 2014-04-07 16:19
Ciao Romano. Prima di tutto, mi piace la luce soffusa che si addice a questo momento di tranquillità. Il vestito della giovane signora si adatta bene con i colori degli interni, a parte la camicia blu che attira gli occhi a lei e la sua attività, il suo decoro, (più la sua bellezza romana). La nota è molto informativa e mi fa apprezzare questa lunga ricchezza storica dell'edificio. I migliori auguri. Klaudio.
serp2000 (41866) 2014-04-07 16:25
Perfect composition for so difficult light conditions.
Very nice soft colors, fine details of the interior.
I had have Canon 28-135 USM. It's not expensive and good lens, isn't it?
Greetings from SoCal!
ChrisJ (103487) 2014-04-07 20:48
Well framed and composed and I like the diffused soft lighting. The intent woman artist is carrying on the already rich tradition of art in Italy. Nice subtle reflections in the slightly polished floor. Have a nice week!
Royaldevon (32971) 2014-04-08 5:42
Ciao Caro Romano,
A difficult shot yet one which has been very well implemented. The composition is faultless. I love how you have included the student, who fits perfectly into the scene, animating it so well.
The details are pin sharp and the soft, tonal qualities are lovely.
My warm regards,
Sergiom (66129) 2014-04-08 6:27
Une petite merveille de photo. J'avoue humblement que j'aurais aimé prendre celle-ci.La jeune femme est parfaitement placée dans le rayon de lumière. Sa pose est parfaite et son expression parfaitement captée.
tyro (21726) 2014-04-08 8:55
This is a wonderfully atmospheric photograph with gorgeous light and soft colours - it could almost be a painting by Leonardo himself!
The light on the wall facing us is divine and I love the dappled shadows on the floor. The young lady standing and concentrating on sketching some small detail of the Basilica's internal architecture is perfectly placed in the frame and her line of sight leads us towards the large pillar which nicely frames the right side of the picture.
Lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
cornejo (35061) 2014-04-08 10:56
Romano Ciao, molto buona immagine di questa composizione interessante con la ragazza prendere appunti di naturale, molto ben composta e catturato in questa immagine interessante con una buona nitidezza, luce, colore e qualità. Molto buono ed interessante lavoro ben fatto, complimenti amico mio. Grazie per la condivisione di questo bel lavoro.
Buona notte e felice settimana.
Cordiali saluti dal sud della Spagna.
nikkitta (16476) 2014-04-08 14:12
Superbe view of the beautiful elegant lady with her block taking notes below the comemorative plate
They created together an splendid scene in well chosen vertical format
Corry (4508) 2014-04-08 20:53
Belle prise de vue de cette artiste au travail qui regarde vers le haut. Elle est parfaitement positionnée sur la photo. Lumière parfaite et bon cadrage. Bravo.
claudeD (35029) 2014-04-08 23:32
wow!!! I think one of the best pictures in your gallery. Excellent composition and perfect light managment.A real piece of photographic art!Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
Cricri (110571) 2014-04-09 9:04
C'est une jolie scène que vous avez capturer de la jeune fille bien placé près des inscription, la lumière et les détails bien rendue , belle réalisation
divail (8334) 2014-04-09 19:17
J'aime beaucoup cette photo, avec l'attitude de la jeune femme, sa concentration sur la scène à dessiner, les vieux murs de pierre qui ont beaucoup de caractère, ainsi que la lumière parfaite. Belle réalisation.
abmdsudi (46146) 2014-04-10 5:47
Capturing a moment in quiet contemplative gives a sense of calm and solitude, a little glimpse of one side of the church nicely balanced with the lady to give the eye something to fill in. The atmosphere and mood attracted the eyes and I feel this adds to the emotional impact of the picture. You have captured the moment well and really get the feel of the situation and putting religious feelings, technicality and beliefs to one side, this is a delightful image full of atmosphere. Congrats
SimoAle (646) 2014-04-10 8:43
da un po' di giorni avevo visto questa foto ma non avevo avuto il tempo di commentarla! Devi esserne molto orgoglioso perché credi è veramente molto bella!
Ricorda un dipinto, ricorda eleganza, ricorda fascino..
Non hai sbagliato nulla ma hai colto l'istante esatto scattando una meravigliosa scena!
Sai stupirmi sempre!
Gigidusud (17673) 2014-04-13 13:01
Una grande cattura di questa scena in un luogo immacolato. Splendida la luce e l'inquadratura con la ragazza ben posizionata. Mi piace l'atmosfera di pace che si respira qui. Un grande applauso amico mio!
Buon inizio di settimana.
Angshu (56462) 2014-04-14 6:12
You are fortumate to live in a city replete with history in almost every step you take...
This is a beautiful candid portrait of the lady sketching, her eyes wide open, standing in front of the Latin inscribed edifice....wonderfully taken shot!
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-17 19:00
Thank you for your kind comments earlier.
This is the artist capturing the artist- just different media. You have framed the young artist beautifully and the gentle light within the alcove is very well managed. her contemplative expression as well as her concentration on her task beautifully conveyed. The splash of sunlight at her feet helps to draw the focus to the artist . You have also chosen the vertical format to emphasise her upright posture (somewhat unusual as most artists I have seen at these monuments tend to be seated) and the lovely fluted column.
A beautiful shot, congratulations
Have a lovely Easter
romanaa (7982) 2014-04-21 12:40
I love the subtle light here and the facial expression of the girl who herself looks like being cut out of the old painting.
elenimavrandoni (14209) 2014-04-26 21:33
Romano, devo congratularmi con te per il tuo lavoro molto dettagliato e completo qui
la nota e l'immagine si meritano i complimenti
un caro saluto
adores (40308) 2014-05-01 15:57
She seems too concentrated on her work! I like the composition and specially the light here, it really makes the place magical. Very well captured, with perfect details.
npecanhuk (69450) 2014-05-01 16:19
What a charming, lovely and very beautiful picture!
You were at the right moment, at the right place and did an excellent photo job here!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition really pleased me!
TFS - congrats,
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18472)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-07
- Categories: Daily Life, Architecture, Decisive Moment
- Camera: Canon EOS 700D, Canon EF 28-135mm IS USM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/60 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-07 6:24