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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...