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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

Artwork found ***** the churches *****nd remains of churches of early Christianity 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 ***** the risen Christ who is above the church, 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, 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 paintings on the walls ***** churches, such as that mentioned above, we see ***** just that which serves to remind the viewer that Christ is over ***** church, one looks up ***** view Christ; but also an image that captures the winged cow, so ***** ***** ********** knows, too, that Christ st*****ds as the authority over paganism. Christ is, as depicted by the figure at the "found*****ion" of the church wall, ***** foundation, the building, and over it.

If the painted scenes and figures on the plaster walls were in better condition, we see a brilliance in the colors *****se beauty would serve to inspire a***** in the viewers. The sense of awe helps the viewer understand the ***** of that ***** ***** *****s, and to exemplify the ultimate sensation, ***** of the truth ***** the sacrifice made on behalf of Christians. Once the viewer, presumably many ***** whom ***** unable to read, was drawn by the vibrancy of ***** ***** above and 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 *****. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, ***** *****s are earth t*****s, more easily obtained by early artis*****. There is less emphas***** on the exactness of the physical facial features ***** Christ. The greater emphasis, thus, is not on the image itself, but on the Word of God, which is contained in the book resting on the knee of *****. There *****, *****, an *****gel near Jesus, who, too, holds a *****, presumably the ***** of God.

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


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