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 ***** is an expression of the morals and beliefs of ***** early Chr*****tian Church and doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse ***** a church," depicts a scene of ***** risen Christ who is *****bove the church, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The work, in addition ***** being art, is a v*****ual 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 to create a pictorial for those individuals not able to read. Thus, when we look at early *****s on the ***** of churches, such as that mentioned above, we see ***** just that which serves ***** remind the viewer that Christ is over ***** church, one looks up to view Chr*****t; but also an image ***** captures the winged cow, so that ***** viewer knows, too, that Christ stands as the authority over paganism. Christ is, ***** depicted by the figure at the "found*****ion" of the church wall, the foundation, the building, and over it.

If the painted scenes and figures on the plaster walls were in better condition, we ***** a brilliance in the colors *****se beauty would serve to ********** awe in the viewers. ***** sense of awe helps the viewer understand ***** sense of that ***** ***** inspires, and to exemplify the ultimate sensation, beauty 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 ***** above ***** around them, then they would begin to more closely examine the specific images.

***** see that the figure of Christ is dressed in traditi*****al Jewish garb bearing weaved patterns that are found in early depictions of the life ***** Christ. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, ***** *****s 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 contained in the book rest*****g on the knee of Christ. There is, *****, an *****gel near Jesus, who, too, holds a *****, presumably the ***** of *****.

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

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