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MadonnaChild - Sara Beg Section 09 The Virgin and Child,...

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Sara Beg Section 09 The Virgin and Child, also known as the Madonna and Child, is now a popular symbol of Christian belief, but it was not always that way. The earliest Virgin and Child depiction that we know of is a fresco, or painting in wet plaster, from around 250 CE. The Virgin and Child fresco was found in the Catacomb of Priscilla, in Rome, Italy. The catacombs were the underground burial chambers of the early Christians. In fact, the catacombs were rumored to be a place of worship for the early Christians, or even a hiding place for those who were being prosecuted for their monotheistic beliefs by polytheistic leaders (Cunningham and Reich 142). That rumor, however, proved to be false, although the Virgin and Child fresco’s presence in the catacombs reveals the significance of religion for early Christians. In a sense, it may even represent a breaking-away from the persecution they faced with having the freedom to worship the way they wished in death, if not in life. Unfortunately, much time has passed since the fresco was first painted; it is now a reddish brown hue and somewhat blurred, unlike the bright colors it may have originally been painted in. However, we can still readily discern that the image depicts the Virgin Mary with an infant Jesus
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