Early Christian Art Essay

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It turned out that the Christian converts had wanted the same things as the Romans. Unfortunately because Christianity was part of a number of mystery cults, images of the Nativity, Crucifixion, and Resurrection were not found in the third century Christian works of art (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia). The theme of death and resurrection were not directly shown in the works of art but they were represented through many images that had been derived from the Old Testament. Faith and orthodox beliefs were important in Christianity this is shown in the work of art of the Christ in the Catacomb of Domitilla flanked by his group of disciples (Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia). The early Christian art borrowed many forms from pagan …show more content…
Ancient Roman art was influenced by Hellenistic art. The Greek influence on Roman art is seen through Roman statues, buildings, and other architecture that was created later on (Potts 151). Only few of the ancient works of art are now regarded as the quality that someone would expect of the Greeks original work. The sculptures represented in the Parthenon are judged so harshly that many people can quickly recognize even the smallest style differences between the originals and the copies (Potts 152). Painter Anton Raphael Mengs concluded his study by suggesting that the workmanship of the copyist was poor rather than more detailed and carefully crafted like the original Greek creations. Meng believed that artists’ works should reflect the artists own vision and not the vision of something an artist had previously done (Potts 153). Some people believed that Greek art was superior to Roman art because of their workmanship, while others do not think that early Greek work differed much in quality than those done by Greeks artists who had worked for the Romans. Many works of art if they were of good quality were generally classified as Greek regardless if they were Greco-Roman in origin because most of the ancients had frequently copied famous works like the Venus de’ Medici (Potts 154). An example of a Roman copy of a Greek original work of art is the marble head of a

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