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Tauroctony of Aula Gotica

What appears to be a representation of Mithras killing the bull appears in the 12th century frescoes of the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati in Rome.
Fresco of Mithras killing the bull in the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati

Fresco of Mithras killing the bull in the Basilica dei Santi Quattro Coronati 

The New Mithraeum
27 Dec 2023
Updated on Jun 2024

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In 1996, while cleaning the walls of the so-called Gothic Hall of the Convent of the Saints Quattro Coronati, Andreina Draghi and her team discovered an impressive cycle of medieval frescoes. The frescoes were covered by a blue paint. After the removal of about 850 square metres of surface, more than 300 very vivid paintings have been revealed, reproducing a wonderful repertoire of wall motifs and decorations, most of them excellently preserved.

The paintings date from a pre-Gothic period between 1246 and 1255. Most of the scenes are of a profane nature and are largely attributed to


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