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

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

***** see that the figure ***** Christ is dressed in traditional 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 tones, more easily obtained by early artists. There is less emphasis on the exactness of the physical facial features of *****. The greater *****, thus, is not on the image itself, ***** on ***** Word of God, which is contained in the book resting on the knee of Christ. There is, too, an angel near Jesus, who, too, holds a book, presumably the ***** of God.

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


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