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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

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

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

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

***** surface ********** which the images are ***** has given way to time, and *****re ***** 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 ***** which ***** rules the ********** and earth. The ********** directly beneath Christ, appearing above the foundation of the Church, appear to be the angels who ***** God, because ***** ***** ***** in the


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