Feb. 11 Lecture

Feb. 11 Lecture - Introduction to Art History February 11,...

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Introduction to Art History February 11, 2008 Early Christian Art and Art of the Byzantine Empire Christianity is now the official religion of the empire. We are not talking about art that was made during the life of Jesus. The 3 rd and 4 th century are the time periods we are looking at. Most practicners of Christianity were poor and the artists who did the art were poor. So the art is mediocre and very plain. The lighting was terrible, high humidity and very stinky because of the dead bodies were in the catacombs. The catacomb of Saints Peter and Marcellinus is one of the most famous ones. The people back then thought that the people in the Old Testament were a precursor to the people in the New Testament. Orants are woman in perpetual prayer. In about 270 CE, we see a sarcophagus. All Christians rejected cremation for they all thought that the bodies would literally rise to the heavens. The sarcophagus of Junius Bassus is much more elaborate than earlier ones. There are two registers with 5 panels for
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course ENG 10603 taught by Professor Mccallum during the Spring '08 term at TCU.

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