History of Arts Research Paper

1085 Words May 8th, 2013 5 Pages
Craig jones
Dagmar E. Sproll
April 3, 2012
Research Paper
Christian Art In this research paper one will be reading about early Christian art and

about how pagan-inspired themes, classical influences, and its two major tendencies:

naturalism and abstract symbolism. Early Christian art and architecture is the art produced by

Christians or under Christian ruling from the earliest period between about 350 and 525. The

Christian art survived 2nd century’s and onwards. According to Beckwith “after 550 at the latest,

Christian art is classified as Byzantine, but It is also very difficult to know when Christian art

began. Prior to a large amount of Christians they may have been one of the best producing

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At the same time, the look and power of didactic religious images was recognized, especially if they involved pagan and Jewish iconography.
According to research “Roman style was adapted to the new faith, but it may have proven incompatible with Christian subject matter: Classical art expressed the physical and the here- and-now; Christian art concerned itself with the spiritual and the hereafter” (Pearson, 2010).
Christian art gradually moved away from the naturalism, illusionism, solid objects and flesh-and- blood figures of Classical art, for Christian artists did not care to extend our empirical world, but rather hoped to create otherworldly realms.

In conclusion the Christian art had many influence in such as pagan inspired themes.
They wasn’t the anywhere near wealthy but that did not matter because there work was really good, if the pagans had more money a lot of their art work would still be around because they would had enough money to buy quality supply. The art would back in the early
Christian stage was a lot of recycled stuff; they would see some work of somebody else and flip it around and make it their own. The Christian was always skeptical of doing art work with the devil in it because they were afraid that they would be worshiping the devil did art work on it.

Sources 1. Beckwith, John, Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Penguin History of Art (now Yale), 2nd
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