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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 churches of early ***** is an expression of the morals and beliefs of ***** early Christian Church and doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse ***** a church," depicts a scene of the risen Christ who is above the *****, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The *****, in addition ***** 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 paintings on the ***** of churches, such as that mentioned *****, we see ***** just that which serves ***** remind the viewer that Christ is over the church, one looks up to view Chr*****t; but also an image that captures the winged cow, so that the *****er knows, too, that Christ st*****ds as the authority over paganism. ***** is, as depicted by the figure at ***** "foundation" ***** the church wall, ***** foundation, the building, and over it.

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

We see ***** the figure ***** Christ is dressed in traditional Jewish garb bearing weaved patterns that are found in early depictions of the life ***** Christ. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, the colors are earth tones, ***** 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 ***** Word of God, which is contained in the book resting on the knee of Chr*****t. There is, too, an *****gel near Jesus, who, too, holds a *****, presumably the ***** of *****.

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


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