Rome, Catacomb of S Panfilo
|Rome, Metropolitan City of Rome, Italy
need to find and check datwe ADD TO ALL CATACOMB ENTRIES Although the general association with the catacombs is with not-necessarily-well-off Christians, actually they provided a burial space for rich and poor, pagan and Christian alike, and tombs there could be lavish, with sophisticated wall paintings and stucco and costly carved stone sarcophagi. However, the use of wall mosaic in a pagan context in the St Peter’s necropolis suggests that, as with wall painting, Christians simply adopted the media available to them. The surprise is perhaps that a medium that works best with light should have been used below ground, but it would have reflected the light of torches and candles with great success.