Art of the Ancient Church
Monday January 15th 2007, 3:03 am
Filed under: Patristics

Here’s a a great online treasury of early Christian art — many good, clear images, including some that don’t often make it into the history books. Thanks to Lea Marie Ravotti (my favorite contemporary artist) for the tip!

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Thanks! Its a real treat to drop into your blog and follow these re-discoveries of the truth ancient and yet still new! I would take issue though with the description of the sarcophagus numbered Vatican Inv. 31463 – that’s an early vernicle (popular on Russian Orthodox icons, called a Mandelion in byzantine art and what we know as the Veil of Veronica, Vere Icona, not “showing use of traditional Roman (pagan) elements along with Christian themes. Winged victories hold a portrait of the deceased.” Did that description come from the Vatican or from the photographer?

Comment by Clare Krishan 01.16.07 @ 2:38 pm

That’s not a Vatican website, so it must be the text provided by

Comment by Mike Aquilina 01.16.07 @ 2:56 pm

I was mistaken – the kind folks at Servius set me right, a vernicle wouldn’t feature hand gestures just the holy face. My bad!

Comment by Clare Krishan 01.19.07 @ 1:51 am

Thanks for following up, Clare.

Comment by Mike Aquilina 01.19.07 @ 9:04 am

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