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Church Wall Paintings in Early Christianity

Visual Analysis and Discussion of a Work of Art

***** found in the churches *****nd remains ***** ***** of early Christianity is an expression of the morals and beliefs of ***** early Chr*****tian Church ***** doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse of a church," depicts a scene ***** ***** risen Christ who is above the *****, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The work, in addition ***** 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) 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 ***** ***** churches, such as that mentioned above, we see ***** just ***** which serves to 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 that ***** *****er knows, too, ***** Christ stands as the authority over paganism. Christ is, as depicted by the figure at ***** "foundation" of the church wall, ***** foundation, the building, and over it.

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

***** see that the figure of 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, ***** ***** are earth t*****s, more easily obtained by early artis*****. There is less emphasis on the exactness of ***** physical facial features of Christ. The greater emphasis, thus, is not on the image itself, ***** on ***** Word of God, which is contained in the book rest*****g on the knee of Christ. There is, too, an *****gel near Jesus, who, too, holds a book, presumably the ***** of *****.

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


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