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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 the ***** Chr*****tian Church and doctrine. Looking to the work titled "fresco wall painting in the apse of a church," depicts a scene of the risen Christ who is above the church, the angels in heaven, and first and beyond all other earthly creatures. The work, in addition ***** being art, is a visual rendering ***** the doctrine and faith, and, in early Christianity, art on ***** 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 ********** on the walls of *****, such as that mentioned above, ***** see ***** just that which serves to remind ***** viewer that Christ is over the church, one looks up to view Chr*****t; but also an image ***** captures ***** winged cow, so that the viewer knows, too, ***** Christ stands as the authority over paganism. Christ is, ***** depicted by the figure at ***** "found*****ion" ***** the church wall, ***** foundation, the building, and over it.

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

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

***** surface upon which the images ***** ***** 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 ***** of the vastness over which Christ rules the heavens and earth. The ***** directly beneath Christ, appearing above the ***** ***** the Church, appear to be the ***** ***** serve God, because ***** are not in the


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