An Original Depiction of Jesus, ca 100-400 A.D., Roman catacombs. The Christian catacombs are extremely important for the history of Early Christian art, as they contain the great majority of examples from before about 300AD, in fresco and sculpture, as well as gold glass medallions.
Roman archaeologists find oldest images of Apostles in a catacomb
Roman archaeologists and art restorers using new laser technology have discovered what they believe are the oldest paintings of the faces of Jesus Christ's Apostles.
Vatican unveils frescoes in catacombs that show FEMALE PRIESTS
Suggestions that the frescoes, found in the Catacombs of Priscilla of Rome, show female priests have been dismissed by the Vatican as sensationalist 'fairy tales'.
Lessons in Iconography: The Anchor
The anchor is an ancient Christian symbol of hope in Christ. Given its origin in catacomb imagery, a genre that developed during the earliest persecutions and required some subtlety, the Christian meaning may not be immediately apparent. Yet we find the cross hidden within the symbol: the crosspiece of the anchor reveals the cross of Christ and represents his redemptive action upon that cross, the object of our hope. It is this hope which grounds the Christian, fixing him in place while…