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Holy Marriage
on Early Christian Sarcophagi
In the fourth century, some Christian couples
memorialized their holy marriage.
They commissioned beautiful double sarcoph...
Their sculptors carved a portrait of the couple
in a medallion in the center of their sarcophagus.
The wife was on the lef...
Double sarcophagus dated 325-350
in the Vatican Museum
All the scenes were Christian.
Jesus raised Lazareth.
Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
Abraham and Isaac.
Jesus healed the blind boy.
Jesus and Peter and the crowing cock
Jesus between Adam and Eve
Moses held a scroll of the law
and lifted his sandal.
Jesus healed the woman with an issue of blood.
Jesus with the jars of wine
Jonah cast overboard and safe on land.
Daniel between lions
Peter arrested.
Peter strikes the rock for water
and baptizes his jailers.
Portrait of the loving couple
Double Sarcophagus of “two brothers”
dated 325-350 in the Vatican Museum.
Vatican Museum plaque for the Sarcophagus
“of the two brothers” in March 2014:
“. . . the female figure on the left, who w...
Vatican Museum plaque for the Sarcophagus
“of the two brothers” in March 2014:
Hold on! Some early Christian texts said a ...
All the scenes were Christian.
Jesus and Mary at the tomb
Jesus, Peter, and the crowing cock
Moses received the law.
Abraham and Isaac
Jesus before Pontius Pilate
The apostle and his jailers
Daniel between the lions
The apostle with a scroll
Jesus healed a blind boy.
Jesus multiplied the bread and fish.
Portrait of the loving couple
Art as Text
By Ally Kateusz
In honor of Bernadette Brooten
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
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  1. 1. Holy Marriage on Early Christian Sarcophagi
  2. 2. In the fourth century, some Christian couples memorialized their holy marriage. They commissioned beautiful double sarcophagi to commemorate their marriage even in death.
  3. 3. Their sculptors carved a portrait of the couple in a medallion in the center of their sarcophagus. The wife was on the left. Her right hand was usually on her husband’s arm.
  4. 4. Double sarcophagus dated 325-350 in the Vatican Museum
  5. 5. All the scenes were Christian.
  6. 6. Jesus raised Lazareth.
  7. 7. Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.
  8. 8. Abraham and Isaac.
  9. 9. Jesus healed the blind boy.
  10. 10. Jesus and Peter and the crowing cock
  11. 11. Jesus between Adam and Eve
  12. 12. Moses held a scroll of the law and lifted his sandal.
  13. 13. Jesus healed the woman with an issue of blood.
  14. 14. Jesus with the jars of wine
  15. 15. Jonah cast overboard and safe on land.
  16. 16. Daniel between lions
  17. 17. Peter arrested.
  18. 18. Peter strikes the rock for water and baptizes his jailers.
  19. 19. Portrait of the loving couple
  20. 20. Double Sarcophagus of “two brothers” dated 325-350 in the Vatican Museum.
  21. 21. Vatican Museum plaque for the Sarcophagus “of the two brothers” in March 2014: “. . . the female figure on the left, who was to represent the bride, took on male features during the portrait execution.”
  22. 22. Vatican Museum plaque for the Sarcophagus “of the two brothers” in March 2014: Hold on! Some early Christian texts said a woman put on men’s clothes to evangelize. But no text said a woman grew a beard or became bald like a man!
  23. 23. All the scenes were Christian.
  24. 24. Jesus and Mary at the tomb
  25. 25. Jesus, Peter, and the crowing cock
  26. 26. Moses received the law.
  27. 27. Abraham and Isaac
  28. 28. Jesus before Pontius Pilate
  29. 29. The apostle and his jailers
  30. 30. Daniel between the lions
  31. 31. The apostle with a scroll
  32. 32. Jesus healed a blind boy.
  33. 33. Jesus multiplied the bread and fish.
  34. 34. Portrait of the loving couple
  35. 35. Art as Text By Ally Kateusz In honor of Bernadette Brooten

The definition of holy matrimony in early Christian art.

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