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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

***** found in the churches and rema*****s of churches of early Christianity is an expression of the morals and beliefs of ***** ***** Chr*****tian Church ***** doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse ***** a church," depicts a scene of ***** 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 v*****ual rendering of the ***** 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 ***** 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 *****, we see not just that which serves ***** remind the viewer that Christ is over ***** church, one looks up to view Chr*****t; but also an image that captures the winged cow, so ***** the viewer knows, too, that Christ st*****ds as the authority over paganism. Christ is, ***** depicted by the figure at ***** "foundation" of the church wall, ***** *****, the building, and over it.

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

We see that the figure ***** Christ is dressed in traditional Jewish garb bearing weaved patterns that are found in early depictions of the life of *****. Except for the cobalt blue color of the sky, the *****s are earth tones, ***** easily obtained by early artists. There is less emphasis on ***** exactness of the physical facial features ***** Christ. 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 Christ. There is, *****, an angel near Jesus, who, too, holds a *****, presumably the ***** of *****.

The surface up***** which ***** images ***** painted has given way to time, and there ***** 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 ***** which Christ rules the ********** and earth. The images directly beneath Christ, appearing ***** the foundation of ***** *****, appear to be the ***** who serve God, because they are not in the


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