Pont Du Gard. Late 1st century BCE.
Height above river 160’, width of road bed on lower arcade 20’.
Colossal marble statue of Constantine (315 CE)
The Tetrarchs. c. 300 CE.
Art and Religion
How would you describe the interplay between
art and religion?
How art explains the dogma of a religion
Art can confirm the faith of believers
An intermixture of art, religion and politics
Art facilitates religious ritual
Cubiculum of Leonis, Catacomb of Commodilla. Late 4th century.
Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus. c. 359. 4’ × 8’.
Jacopo Grimaldi. Interior of Old St. Peter's.
1619 copy of an earlier drawing.
Reconstruction Drawing, Old St. Peter's Basilica. c. 320–327;
atrium added in later 4th century. Approx. 394’ long and 210’ wide..
Church of Santa Costanza. c. 350.
Santa Costanza (ca. 350 CE)
Harvesting of grapes - example of syncretism
Sarcophagus of Constantina. c. 350. Height 7’ 5”.
Hagia Sophia (532-537 CE)
Anthemius of Tralles and Isidorias of Miletus, Architects
Saint Apollinare in Classe (533-49 CE)
Near Ravenna, Italy
The Transfiguration of Christ with Sant’Apollinare,
First Bishop of Ravenna. Mosaics: apse, 6th century;
wall above apse, 7th and 9th centuries; side panels, 7th century.
San Vitale (526-547 CE)
Emperor Justinian and Theodora
Europe of the Early Middle Ages.
Visigothic Fibulae. 6th century.
Height 5 5/8”.
Found in Spain
Oseberg Ship Excavation, Norway, dating from c. 815–820.
Purse from the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship.
First half of 7th century.
Hinged Clasp, from the Sutton Hoo Burial Ship.
First half of 7th century. Length 5”.
Page with Man, Gospel Book of Durrow.
Second half of 7th century. 9 5/8 × 6 1/8”.
Cross Page from the Lindisfarne Gospels. c. 715–720.
13 3/8" × 9 7/16".
“Franks Casket” from Northumbria, England, c. 700. Whalebone
(Note: Anglo-Saxon, not Frankish)
Palatine Chapel (786 CE) Aachen, Germany / Aix-la-Chapelle
Odo of Metz, architect
Charlemagne / Carolus Magnus, patron