Essay - Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity Visual Analysis and Discussion...

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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

Artwork found in the churches and rema*****s of ***** of early Christianity is an expression of the morals and beliefs of the ***** Chr*****tian Church and doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse of a church," depicts a scene of the risen Christ who is *****bove the *****, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The *****, in addition ***** being art, is a visual rendering of the ***** and faith, and, in early Christianity, art on church walls, according to Pamela Sheingorn's (DATE) translation of The Book of Sainte Foy, and Rudolph Carel Goldschmidt (1940), served ***** create a pictorial for those individuals not able to read. Thus, when we look at early *****s on the ***** of churches, such as th***** mentioned above, we see ***** just *****at which serves to remind the viewer that Christ is over ***** church, one looks up to view Chr*****t; but also an image that captures the winged cow, so that ***** ********** knows, too, that Christ st*****ds as the authority over paganism. Christ is, ***** depicted by the figure at ***** "found*****ion" ***** the church wall, the foundation, the building, and over it.

***** the painted scenes and figures on the plaster *****s were in better c*****dition, we see a brilli*****nce in the colors whose beauty would serve to ********** awe in the viewers. ***** sense of awe helps the viewer underst***** ***** ***** of that ***** faith *****spires, and to exemplify the ultimate sensation, ***** of the truth in the sacrifice made on behalf of Christians. Once the viewer, presumably many ***** whom were unable to read, was drawn by the vibrancy of the colors ***** and around them, then they would beg***** to more closely examine the specific images.

***** see that the figure ***** Christ is dressed in traditi*****al Jewish garb bearing weaved patterns ***** are found in early depictions of the life ***** Christ. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, ***** colors are earth tones, ***** easily obtained by early artists. There is less emphas***** on the exactness of ***** physical facial features ***** Christ. The greater emphasis, thus, is not on the image itself, ***** on ***** Word of God, which is c*****tained in the book rest*****g on the knee of Christ. There is, *****, an angel near Jesus, who, too, holds a book, presumably the ***** of *****.

The surface ********** which ***** images ***** ***** has given way to time, and there is substantial flaking causing a loss of much of the peripheral images. The spaciousness of the ceiling image of ***** seated above ***** church, gives a sense of the vastness ***** which Christ rules the heavens and earth. The ***** directly beneath Christ, appearing ***** the ***** of ***** *****, appear to be the angels who serve God, because ********** are ***** in the


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