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“Wiggle Matching Analysis of the Doors of Santa Sabina in Rome”, by Ivan Foletti et al.
RIHA Journal – new article online!

Transfiguration (?), detail, 421-440, cypress wood, 40 x 28 cm, Santa Sabina, Rome (© Centre for Early Medieval Studies, Masaryk University, Brno)


The wooden doors of the Basilica of Santa Sabina on Rome’s Aventine Hill are the most complete Late Antique doors that have survived till this day. Widely studied in the last 150 years, the question of their dating has never been completely resolved. With the results of the initial Wiggle Matching Analysis on two selected panels, this article confirms the prevalent hypothesis of recent years: in spite of different "styles", the two panels are from the same period. In addition, we argue that the tree that the panels were carved from was cut down probably at the beginning of the 5th century AD. Therefore, the generally accepted dating of the doors to the years of Celestine I (421–431) or maybe Sixtus III (431–440) also seems confirmed.

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RIHA Journal is the eJournal of the International Association of Research Institutes in the History of Art. RIHA Journal's managing editor is based at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich.