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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

Artwork found in the churches *****nd remains ***** ***** of early ***** is an expression of the morals and beliefs of the ***** Chr*****tian Church ***** doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse of a church," depicts a scene of ***** risen Christ who is ********** the church, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The *****, in addition to being art, is a visual rendering of the doctrine and faith, and, in early Christianity, art on ***** walls, according to Pamela Sheingorn's (DATE) translation ***** 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 paintings on the ***** of churches, such as th***** mentioned above, we see not just *****at which serves to remind ***** viewer that Christ is over the church, one looks up ***** view Chr*****t; but also an image that captures ***** winged cow, so that the ********** knows, too, that Christ stands as the authority over paganism. Christ is, as depicted by the figure at the "found*****ion" of the church wall, the foundation, the building, and over it.

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

We see ***** the figure ***** Christ is dressed in traditi*****al Jewish garb bearing weaved patterns that are found in early depictions of the life of Christ. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, the *****s are earth t*****s, more easily obtained by early artists. There is less emphasis on ***** exactness of the 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 resting on the knee of Chr*****t. There is, *****, an *****gel near Jesus, who, too, holds a book, presumably the Word of *****.

***** surface upon which ***** images are painted has given way to time, and there ***** substantial flaking causing a loss ***** much of the peripheral images. The spaciousness of the ceiling image of Christ seated above ***** church, gives a sense of the vastness ***** which Christ rules the *****s and earth. The ***** directly beneath Christ, appearing above the foundation of the Church, appear to be the angels ***** serve God, because ***** ***** not in *****

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