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Unformatted text preview: Sheet1 Page 1 Syndretizm and Abstraction in Early Christian and Roman Art Within the 500 years of history from the introduction of Christian art around 200 CE until the ban on religious images in ei continuity between the classical religious tradition and Christianity is evident. Syncretism, or the assimilation of images fro the Late Antique period's aesthetic transition into the first three centuries of Byzantine art creating a bridge between Antiq Ages. In late Rome, amidst a growing trend toward abstraction, classical forms and values were yielding to a symbolic rea art, setting the stage for later abstract spiritual values in Christian artworks. The late Roman world was experiencing a var rapid succession and violent overthrow of the imperial leaders, military disasters, growing inflation and taxation, along wit traditional religion, opened the door for new trends in philosophy and religion that offered an escape from the realities of a concept of a man-centered humanistic art was fading. Art shifted away from Hellenistic skills including foreshortening, atm and re-creating reality, toward a two dimensional symbolic approach with a more rigid style. "The contrast of light and sha natural forms, and the optical effects of classical art, gave way to newly abstracted forms with a concentration on sybolism classical backdrop creating aesthic and emotional appeal. " (Byzantine Art in the Making, p.114) The Arch of Constantine known as The Tetrarchs are examples of the collapse of the classical art forms in official works of late Roman art. Both exknown as The Tetrarchs are examples of the collapse of the classical art forms in official works of late Roman art....
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