The history of early
Christianity covers Christianity from its
origins to the First Council of Nicaea in 325.
•The first part of the period, during the
lifetimes of the Twelve Apostles, is
traditionally believed to have been initiated
by the Great Commission of Jesus (though
some scholars dispute its historicity), and is
called the Apostolic Age.
IMPORTANT WORK OF ARTS
Early Christians used the same artistic media
as the surrounding pagan culture,
included fresco, mosaics,sculpture
and manuscript illumination.
Early Christian art not only used Roman
forms, it also used Roman styles.
The popular style tomb-paintings
in Catacombs of Rome, which include
most examples of the earliest Christian
Early Christians also developed their
Early Christian Mural Painting
of the "Good Shepherd" from the
Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome (c.275).
The Good Shepherd in the
catacombs. One of the images
represented the most in the art
of the catacombs is the Good
Christ among His Apostles, Catacomb
of Domitilla, early fourth century.
*An early representation of Christ found in
the Catacomb of Domitilla shows the figure
of Christ flanked by a group of his disciples
*This Christian imagery might mistake this
for an image of the Last Supper, Christ
draped in classical garb holds a scroll in his
left hand while his right hand is
outstretched in the so-called ad locutio
gesture, or the gesture of the orator.
Sarcophagus of Constantina, daughter
of Constantine I, from her mausoleum
at Santa Costanza (now in Vatican
Early Christians sarcophagi are
those Ancient Roman sarcophagi carrying
inscriptions or carving relating them
to early Christianity.
A wide variety of subjects are shown on
sarcophagi, with the most elaborate
containing small cycles of narrative
scenes from the gospels and simpler ones
symbols such as the Chi Rho.
Photo: Caroline Rose & Pierre Grimal:
Churches of Rome
San Clemente is a prime example of the
appropriation of classical architecture by the
early Church into the liturgy of the Catholic
When the early
able to build
their churches in
chose the high-
classicism of the
My insights, for me looking for early Christian
artwork or just seeing it is inspiring, also when
we see the images of jesus or an angels, that
makes us realize about how religious we are
but we must need to know also what Christian
art truly means. And to know that the right
Christian artwork is one that speaks to you no
matter what the imagery.