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This catalogue contains the photographic collection of Santa Prisca and its underlying Mythraeum, made by Anton van Munster.

Santa Prisca and its Mithraeum A photographic collection mady by Anton van Munster


Anton van Munster and Santa Prisca Anton van Munster was a well-known Dutch cinematographer, especially known for the work he created with director Bert Haanstra. As with so many other Dutch artists in past and present, the pathway of Van Munster led to Rome. He studied at the “Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia” in Rome and for some time he actually lived at the Dutch Institute. Santa Prisca is a medieval church standing on the Aventine hill in Rome. The church is not well-known among tourists, although it is a very interesting place. Due to excavations by Augustinian Fathers in 1934 a Mithraeum was found below the church. During the 1950’s these excavations were continued under Dutch supervision, with the permission of several Italian professors and institutions.[1] Van Munster, then still a student at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, made pictures of the excavations in the winter of 1960-1961. The library of the Royal Dutch Institute in Rome has a complete set of copies of those pictures. They are one of a kind and give insight in the excavations back then, as the mithraeum is now unfortunately only rarely open to the public. If you wish to use the pictures, please contact the library. We would like to thank the family of Anton van Munster for their permission to use this documentation. [1] Professor Dr. Salvatore Aurigemma, Professor Dr. Pietro Romanelli, Professor Dr. Renato Bartocini, Professor r. Giulio Iacopi, Direzione Generale delle Antichità e Belle Arti and the Consiglio Superiore dell Antichità e Belle Arti. See Vermaseren M.J. and C.C. van Essen, The excavations in the mithraeum of the church of santa prisca in Rome (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1965), IX.


1. Tablet with sponsors


2. Facade of the church


3. Streetview: chuch and surrounding houses


4. Back of the church with surrounding houses


5. Back of the church


6. Buttresses in the outer wall


7. Outer wall windows


8. Outer wall


9. Outer wall


10. Outer wall


11. Outer structure


12. Courtyard


13. Entrance to courtyard


14. Entrance to courtyard


15. Wall with label and pipe


16. Gallery in the Santa Prisca


17. Altar


18. Entrance


19. Gallery


20. Capitel


21. Altar


22. Bronze figurines


23. Passageway with fresco’s in the lower church


24. The altar in the lower church


25. The altar in the lower church


26. Passageway with fresco’s in the lower church


27. Passageway


28. Part of the original floor level


29. View into lower parts of the church


30. Part of the original wall


31. Space in the lower church


32. Passageway


33. Part of the lower church


34. Ceiling


35. Wall


36. Passage


37. Upper part of passage


38. Entrance


39. Space


40. Entrance


41. passageway


42. Passageway


43. Shark-fin shaped space


44. arch


45. Bipedalis with brickstamp


46. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


47. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


48. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


49. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


50. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


51. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


52. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


53. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


54. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


55. Circular structure


56. Mosaic floor


57. Four tablets with engravings or brickstamps


58. Column


59. Column


60. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


61. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


62. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


63. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


64. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


65. Passageway


66. Inscribed tablet


67. Inscribed tablet


68. Relief of a woman


69. Display of reliefs and pottery


70. Head of a man


71. Sculpture of a headless body


72. Untitled


73. Head of a woman


74. Head of a woman


75. Display of sculptures and pottery


76. Display of pottery


77. Display


78. Head of a woman


79. Display


80. Display


81. Display room


82. Tablet


83. Fresco


84. Fresco: figure with halo


85. Fresco: four men carrying objects, projected in the same direction


86. Fresco


87. Fresco of mythological figure


88. Inscription


89. Pottery


90. Pottery


91. Detail of building element


92. Small square-formed space


93. Pottery in ceiling


94. Mithraeum of Santa Prisca


95. Drain


96. Wall


97. Construction


98. Small passageway with potterysherds


99. Pipes under the floor level


100. Inscription


101. A built-in piece of pottery


102. Carved image of a male head


Via Omero 10/12 Roma 00197 Italy

Santa Prisca photographic collection  

The library has a photographic collection of the Santa Prisca excavations, made by Anton van Munster in 1960. Santa Prisca is a medieval chu...