Tag Archives: Christian Art

#394 – A History of the Catholic Church – Christ in Triumph

The growing strength of the Catholic Church is reflected in the changing depiction of Christ in art and angels get wings.

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Photo of the Apse Mosaic of Christ in the basilica of Santa Pudenziana

3rd century image of Christ the Good Shepherd

4th century painting of the Resurrection of Lazarus

Painting of Christ as teacher/philosopher

Christ as Lawgiver on the sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

Santa Costanza Tradio Legis Mosaic

Santa Costanza mosaic of Christ giving keys to Saint Peter

Mosaic of Christ the Lawgiver in Basilica of San Lorenzo in Milan

Santa Pudenziana Mosaic
Rebecca Franzella Seeing the Divine: The Origin, Iconography, and Content of Santa Pudenziana’s Apse Mosaic

Portrait of Christ in Catacombs of Commodilla

Image of Christ in Catacombs of Domitilla with Sabellian description

Baptistry of Keliba

Therese Martin The Development of Winged Angels in Early Christian Art
2nd century image of the Annunciation
4th century image of Sacrifice of Isaac
Image of pagan Altar of Victory
Late 4th/Early 5th century depiction of Angels with Wings on a sarcophagus

Other sources:
Felicity Harley Christianity and the Transformation of Classical Art
J.-M. Spieser. “The Representation of Christ in the Apses of Early Christian Churches.” Gesta 37, no. 1 (1998): 63-73.

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#393 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Basilicas of Milan

As an imperial capital, Milan saw some of the most significant architectural innovation in the 4th century. We also look at some of the ways that Christians expressed their faith in art.

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Photo of the Basilica of San Lorenzo in Milan by Fabio Alessandro

Map of 4th century Milan/Mediolanum Milan/Mediolanum

San Lorenzo in Milan
Architectural plan
Information

Basilica Martyrum/Ambrogio
3-D Tour
Relics of Ambrose, Gervasius and Protasius
Mosaic of Ambrose
Images of other early mosaics
Architectural plan

Basilica Apostolorum/San Nazaro
Information and images in Italian
Information, images and drawings of original basilica – in Italian
3-D reconstruction of original basilica
Constantine’s Church of the Holy Apostles that served as a model – page also contains floor plan of Basilica Apostolorum
Artist depiction of original Church of the Holy Apostles of Constantine
Ambrose’s epigraph on importance of cross shape

Basilica Virgino/San Simpliciano
Information and images in Italian

Alleged letter of Epiphanius describing destruction of religious image

Basil the Great’s defense of images in On The Holy Spirit> #45.

Lots of images of early Christian artistic objects

Christian Red Slip Ware Pottery
Information on Roman lamps in general

Christian Intaglio
Intaglo of Crucifixion
Early images of Crucifixion

Information on and images of Christian gold-glass

The Projecta Casket

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#393 – A History of the Catholic Church – The Basilicas of Milan

#360 – A History of the Catholic Church – Depicting the Power of Christ

After the death of Julian, we look at the brief reign of Jovian as well as important expressions of Christian culture at this time. The poetry of Faltonia Betitia Proba shows how Christians were able to use the styles of pagan authors such as Virgil to express Christian teaching. The Dogmatic Sarcophagus and the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus show developments in the Christian representation of Jesus Christ and the Trinity.

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Image of Faltonia Betitia Proba

On the Vetus Latina or Old Latin Bible

Selections from the poetry of Faltonia Betitia Proba – begins on page 170.

Writings of Apollinaris the Elder and Younger – Christus Patiens and the Psalms in Hexameter – both in Greek

Images of the Dogmatic Sarcophagus

Smarthistory video on the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

Wikipedia has several images of the Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

Example of the adventus image of Marcus Aurelius

The Traditio Legis image

Images of Jesus and Christians as Sheep on Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus

The Projecta Casket with dedication to live in Christ along with images of Venus

The Hinton St. Mary Mosaic with image of Christ and of Bellerophon slaying the Chimerea

Cătălina Mărmureanu, Gianina Cernescu, Laura Lixandru, Early Christian Women Writiers: The Interesting Lives and Works of Faltonia Betitia Proba and Athenais-Eudocia, Bucharest 2008.

Sigrid Schottenius, “Typology and the Cento of Proba”, Quarderni Urbinati di Cultura Classica, Vol. 95, No. 2, (2010), pp. 43-51.

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#305 – A History of the Catholic Church – A Christian Space

perpetuaandfelicity

The end of the second century/beginning of the third brought with it continued suffering of persecutions and martyrdoms. The example of Perpetua and Felicity show us not only the practice of the faith in Carthage, but also show us how the important call to martyrdom was experienced from a first hand account.

The end of the second century/beginning of the third will also bring with it the rise of the catacombs – places where Christians can celebrate the example of the martyrs and where Christian art will have its beginning.

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Image – Perpetua and Felicy by Lawrence OP

The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity

Interesting article by William Tabbernee on the Church of Carthage at the time of the martyrdoms of Perpetua and Felicity

Travel through the Catacombs of Saint Priscilla via Google Maps

Christian symbols and art in the catacombs

Image of Orpheus, Endymion sleeping under a Tree, Jonah being spat out of the whale and Daniel in the lions’ den in Catacombs

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