And as usual, MisterArt.com has the best price around.

Kim Arkadelphia, AR

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 $2.91

Simply Simmons Extra Firm Filament

by Robert Simmons

Excellent point with a strong spring.

From $2.11

Woodcased Writing Pencils

by Staedtler

Perfect for everyday use!

From $2.73

Acrylic Book

by Liquitex

Answer all your acrylic questions

From $8.79

Snap! Brush Sets

by Princeton

priced affordably

Up to 40% Off

Haboku Artist Brushes

by Yasutomo

A favorite of watercolorists

At Least 24 % Off

Alcohol Marker Pad A4

by Copic

Perfect for marker drawings
Deal of the Week
(valid thru Apr 26)
 

Red Label Black Stretched Cotton Canvas

by Fredrix

12 in. x 16 in., each

The Power of the Dark Side

  Red Label Black Stretched Cotton Canvas

 
List: $15.41
 
Non-Member: $6.49
58% OFF
 
VIP Member: $3.99
74% OFF

Latest Product Reviews

This is a fine product.
- ellen cabrera in ft worth
I like to use 300 lb watercolor paper for my oil paintings. I use this product to mount my finished work/paper onto foam core board then its ready for a traditional wood frame. Easy!
- JillU in Romeo, MI
I have used these brushes for years , love them and I have sold many paintings using these brushes. So I think they are a great bargain!
- Nick in ST. Johnsbury Vt

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...