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

***** found ***** the churches *****nd remains ***** ***** of early Christianity is an expression of the morals and beliefs of ***** ***** Chr*****tian Church ***** 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 to being art, is a visual rendering ***** 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 ********** on the walls ***** 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 the winged cow, so ***** the viewer knows, too, that Christ st*****ds as the authority over paganism. ***** is, ***** depicted by the figure at ***** "foundation" of the church wall, ***** *****, the building, and over it.

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

***** 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, ***** ***** are earth t*****s, more easily obtained by early artists. There is less emphasis on the exactness of ***** physical facial features ***** *****. The greater *****, thus, is not on the image itself, but on the Word of God, which is c*****tained in the book resting on the knee of Christ. There is, too, an angel near Jesus, who, too, holds a *****, presumably the ***** of *****.

***** surface upon which ***** images ***** ***** has given way to time, and there ***** substantial flaking causing a loss ***** 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 *****s and earth. The images directly beneath Christ, appearing ***** the *****ation of the Church, appear to be the ***** ***** ***** God, because ***** are ***** in *****


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