If you discreetly ring the bell at the portal to the left of the basilica di Santa Cecilia in Trastevere façade, you’ll be admitted to the entrance space belonging to the Monastery of Benedectine nuns. From there, you’ll ascend to the “Coro delle monache”, where some remains of the medieval frescoes painted by Pietro Cavallini and assistants still disclose the beauty of their vivid colors to visitors’ admiration.
The still visible fresco fragments depicting the Last Judgment on the upper part of the counter façade were part of an originally much wider painting cycle which also covered the sidewalls of the central nave and represented various scenes from both the Old and New Testament.
This fresco decoration has been dated between ca. 1289 and 1293 and deemed as the masterpiece by Pietro Cavallini, one of the most innovative and significant artists of 12th-13th centuries Rome. The painter revealed the richness of his cultural sources of inspiration, conserving a Late Antique descend and obtaining a solemn sculptural solidity of the figures, reminiscent of the gothic sense of space, painted with the chiaroscuro rendering of his thorough artistic technique and enriched with the details preciousness gushing from the oriental Mediterranean.