Thank you very much for the replacement item! I did not expect such a response and it makes me even more confident in my continued business with your company.

Cynthia Schenectady, NY

More Testimonials »

Styles & Periods
Early Christian Art

Though artists of the Early Christian period (29-526 A.D.) used some of the artistic techniques of their Roman neighbors, their concerns were very different.  Artists of the Greek and Roman traditions sought to express what they saw, using sophisticated techniques of foreshortening and shadowing, and developing a deep understanding of how to portray human physiology.  Christian artists, in contrast, focused on art, not for art's sake, but as a teaching tool; they wanted to convey meaning.  Because of the Biblical commandment against worshipping idols, Early Christian artists were careful not to show images of God or Christ himself, and it was feared that a surfeit of realism would confuse new converts accustomed to ornate statues representing deities.  Later, a deep rift would develop between the Eastern and Western branches of Christianity and their respective approaches to "icons" or holy pictures.  For Early Christians, realism and artistic drama were not the goals; instead, they aimed for simplicity and clarity. Art needed to illustrate key Christian concepts, or serve the illiterate as narratives of Christ's miracles.  Until Emperor Constantine¹s conversion to Christianity and the Edict of Milan, which made Christianity the state religion of Rome, early Christians were a persecuted minority and their art was typically executed discreetly. While Early Christian art can seem primitive or unskilled compared with Greco-Roman art, it wasn¹t a lack of ability, but rather a difference in aim, which informs early Christian work.  In the mosaics of fourth century Ravenna, for example, skill and a familiarity with Greco-Roman techniques are evident, but the aim is clarity, not artistry.  The dove, the Good Shepherd, Christ's feeding of the multitudes with loaves and fishes, and the deliverance of the faithful from fire are all typical of the symbolic narratives of Early Christian art.


Feeling inspired? Try out these fine products…

From $1.58

Mini Canvas

by Masters

Tiny canvases, huge fun!

Up to 55% Off

Float Canvas

by Fredrix

Give your art a floating effect

From $2.79

Glossies Acrylic Enamel Colors

by Liquitex

Add glossy color to glass, wood, tiles, ceramics, or metal

Up to 38% Off

Kozo Sketch Pad

by Yasutomo

Unique paper for sumi-e and watercolor

At Least 39 % Off

Artisan Water Mixable Oil Colours

by Winsor & Newton

Genuine oils that clean up with soap and water

Up to 54% Off

XL Recycled Sketch Pads

by Canson

High quality and Earth friendly!
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Sep 1)
 

Water Colour Marker Spiral Pad

by Winsor & Newton

6 in. x 8 in.

Suitable for all Water Colors

  Water Colour Marker Spiral Pad

 
List: $13.99
 
Non-Member: $9.79
30% OFF
 
VIP Member: $6.30
55% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

I have had wonderful success with R&F encaustics. They melt and move just as I ask for wonderful pictures. I am working on a water picture now.
- JoAnna P. in San Diego,CA
This is good stuff; however, it is only good for a few pulls and tear strength is very low.
- deville composites in san diego
I'm loving this work desk/station, and I put it together in no time at all. The station is moveable; around the room or from room to room. The casters make it easy. That said, I have a laminate floor, and have to have the casters braced against something to stop them from rolling away with the station. If you have the same problem, you might try using the included stationary feet. Lowering the angle of the top might catch a finger if you're not aware. The drawers are lightweight and small, but nice to have at your fingertips. The side trays are molded plastic. Pencil sized holes work great for differing sizes of pencils, brushes and grease pencils. I used it as a light table with a lamp under the station.It worked great. There is a large metal "pencil tray". It's handy, but it will remind you that you should not lean on the top.
- Art Kart in Roswell, Ga

Free Download for Kids

Download free coloring book pages Download FREE
coloring book
pages to color at
home or school.

View Pages »

Please wait...
Please wait...