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Few periods ofhistory have known such dramatic and thechurch preserved andadapted classical forms for profound change asthelateRoman world. Thevery itsownpurposes. Anewvigorous, more abstract style essence of theolder, classical civilization wasbeing came to prevail inportraits and luxury goods foremchallenged, andwouldeventually perish. Likethe perors and atistocrats aswellasin artforthechurch: modern world, thelateRoman world wasmultitacial illustrations of Biblical stories, iconsof Christ, the andmultireligious. It wascompounded by extremes Virgin, andsaints, andsumptuous vessels forits litof thought, from themost dire pessimism to themost urgy. Bythesixth century, adistinctly Christian ideal fervent hope.It waswracked by ctisesin politics, dominated thearts of theMediterranean world. society, andreligion. Under anextraordinary succes- Thiscomplex andfascinating period is thesubject sionof emperors, from thethird to theseventh cen- of an exhibition to openat the Museum in midtury, theempire wastransformed from agreat power, November. Four hundred andfiftyobjects from over withits center at Rome, to a much reduced butstill 100 collections hereandoverseas will be brought dominant state witha newcapital atConstantinople.together in a dynamic arrangement thatwillprovide Devastating warsweakened its economy, andlands newinsights andnewpublic appreciation for Late wererelinquished forever as invaders advanced on Antique andEarly Christian art.Thecreative force theempire's borders. In 410Rome, once thegreatest behind Ageof Spirituality hasbeen Kurt Weitzmann, cityin theWestern world, wassacked bytheGoths. Professor Emeritus, Princeton University, andConThese shattering events werefelt by common man sultative Curator, Department of Medieval Artand andatistocrat alike, and,threatened by tremendous TheCloisters, whowrotethe introduction to this hardships, people bythethousands, turning from the Bulletin. Thecoordinator wasMargaret Frazer, CuraoldOlympian gods,sought comfort in mystery reli- tor,Department of Medieval Art,whoadapted these gions that offered hope of salvation. textsfrom a forthcoming catalogue of theexhibition. Against this background of change anduntest, Shewasably assisted bySandra Morgan andStephen Christianity emerged triumphant. It had ahumanistic Zwitn. Theshow wasmade possible bya grant from quality notfound in other faiths, andmany Romans theNational Endowment fortheHumanities, matched found solace in its tightly knitbrothethood. Despite bya grant from TheAndrew W.Mellon Foundation. intermittent persecution, Christians onlyincreased Further assistance was received fromthe Robert their numbers. Andin thefourth century, Emperor Wood Johnson Jr.Chatitable Trust. Under theArts Constantine, making oneof themostaudacious deci- andArtifacts Indemnity Act,indemnity wasgranted sions in history, granted Christianity hisofficial sanc- bytheFederal Council on theArtsandtheHumantion. A newera had begun. ities. Wearemost grateful to theCouncil's Executive Theadvent ofChristianity witnessed thedecline of Secretary, Lanni Lattin, andto herassistant, Nancy theclassical ideal of Greek andRoman art,although Lucia.
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wasnot displayed in a temple but. Whileby the religions. skeptics of theempire. Having originated in Thrace.liketheKoinetheOlympian pantheon hadfound spititual satisfaction and the formof the Greeklanguage spoken throughout the consolation in the teachings of the major philosophical Greco-Roman area wasunderstood in all centers of the schools the Platonic. Other mystery cultsoriginated in theEast: from Egypt came thepopular cultof Isis(number 33). eithernarratively or symbolically. asdocumented While certain bythethird-century synagogue major temples were nolonger erected orcultstatues created. throughout thewhole of theLatin AX7est aswell. Art. cally oriented intelligentsia. hibition. whose ritual provided certain features forChristianity. and the Mediterranean world. Thegreat introduced on a chair. which. having established itself asa temporal power.not onlybecause Theinfusion intosome scenes of liturgical theyremained studded or dogmatic wealthy overtones led to thecreation commercial centers. Theonslaught of Islam marked theendof anera.the Epicurean. Interiorview of HagiaSophia. of hieratic along comwithRome. Theitartistic aspitations weresatisfied chiefly To bring order to theheterogeneous material of theexby statues andpaintings of the founders of theseschools. for representations thatlater became themodels forextremely severalreasons. tookplace. of artistic Christ no longer sat activity.positions imperial iconography Onlylaterwereadded Withanunsurpassed Constantinople (in 381) andJetu.like Butno matter how different the tenetsof the various a collector's item. richness of imsalem (in 451). from Persia came thepowerful cult ofMithras (number 30). atDura ontheEuphrates. it profited It was afterall the offspring fromwhichit from thedisaffection of large sections of thepopulation theOldTestament for adopted andmany of its moral precepts. Yet.we have dividedit into Sve realms. at least in . theJews possessed anapparently many temples werestillstanding. Allfivepatriarchates church fullyrealized werecreative the extraordinary centers ages. When Christianity began to spread. Where representa. Against thishistorical YetChristianity background thebattle wasnot thefirstto invent of ideologies Biblical art. turiesthe monarchy was the moststableinstitution. especially theEgyptian andSyrian provinces. Whilecentralized but in imperial governments hadmade first Biblical Rome andthenConstantinople century theparaphernalia of imperial leading centers in thearts.starting. Especially popular was thecultof Orpheus. butbecause. thestate-supported Olympian religion. arts.could be represented in every possible poseandemotion. Peripatetic. they assumed inwhich theborrowings greatecclesiastical from poweras patriarchates. metropolises butlikean emperor Alexandria and Antioch on a jewelcontinued to play likea teacher major throne.andspread thoughout theNear East.andadopted ceremonial pomp from court. whowithhismusic soothed thewild passions evenof animals (number 31) andwho was at times associated withChrist himself (number 66).popularity derived fromtheirpromise of salvation of the soul. to Constantinople. effectiveness of pictorial language.Istanbal(ConstantinoChristianity. period. andfromAsiaMinor came thecultof Cybele. with the imperial.In thethird stories. hadaspired. It wasmainly thiseschatological aspect thatmade thesecults strong competitors withChristianity. whose in the goldenage of Augustus and continuing. toles in the arts.andlater soon developed a well-organized bureaucracy. Orpheus's birthplace. as. in Dura. Thistrend wasstrongly decline.in the palace of Lausos. ThisGreco-Roman styleis felt evenat the periphery of Even before Christianity hadbecome a power. in more remote quests of Alexander hadbrought abouta standardization rural districts. andwith it a flourishing reflected in the period in the artswas theimperial century simple representations illustrated eclipsed. aslateasthesixth and seventh centuries.areonlytooobvious. and. Ontheother hand. tooted Themasses were attracted bythemystery religions. ready to be reopened.the Christian of Christian art.bynomeans primitive. the Stoic.forexample. having been brought cover oneof thesynagogue walls(Egure 3 ). under theRoman tions ofpagan gods and heroes didsurvive inConstantinople emperors. andalmost succeeded. it is a reflec. In these turbulent cenpopulat portraits of thefoutEvangelists. Theconhad begun to suppress overt pagan worship. ple). shortly before thetimeof Constantine. they were nolonger It wasan anthropocentric artin whichthe human figure objects of veneration butartobjects owned bya humanisti. at wellestablished representational art. of theartistic language thatoriginated in Hellenistic Greece pagan cultssurvived somewhat longer. Constructed 532-537.resurrection. thecultspread throughout the empire. became a statewithin thestate. thetimeof Julian's revolt.thepagan clear cults Butwhathasbecome onlyfairly recently is thatat a were notabruptly abandoned withtheEdict of Milan. anda better life in the otherworld. Figure 2.elaborate and quite sophisticated scenic representations based tionof thechange incultural climate thatbyabout thefifth on illustrations fromvarious books of the OldTestament century theOlympian Zeus byPhidias. to become theoWicial statereligion. of Judaism. theMagna Mater ("Great Mother" ). theformal vocabulary by which artists expressed fourth century in thegreat citiesthe strengthened Church themselves pictorially wasthe same everywhere. thefourth power was intothepictorial othercitieshadtheitshare language.

p The Empire at the Death of Theodosius. or nymphs. of media fromglyptics. retreated imagery rich devel.Christian bythecourt. 565 A. emperor's The ber 6).D.oftencannot 2 ).300-700 The LateRomanEmpire. vatiety greatest to a either withcertainty be asctibed 6 ). werecommissioned thebestartists of all kindsPersoniIScations afterlife. ora Christian por. Aspersonifications artsincreas. 395 The Empire at the Death of Justinian.forexample. Christian (num. as collectors' opment. of poems epic illustrated Through intellectual. Thesecond and of Euripides 37). thehunt(number and of virtue as symbols theywerevenerated to its itesbecause language pictorial using 14) thereby (number circus andChristians for pagans appeal strong having inhisconscious. There identiISed at times theemperor Christian. (number cities the in rendered and quality highest of the those wereamong isoothers whentheyappeat andmany months. inhistole especially Apollo. Among imagery. thepatron 45). selecChristian the demonstrates classical. godswasSnally of thepagan worship monuments. When theseimperial highamong traitsis relatively where.of physicians would 22).Of turies Church. 58).the emperors' of the god Sarapis.Egypt because with Christian arts. or gemcarvings seasons. 27) (number gods river 26). orvatious 11). andsarcophagi catacombs representa.asleader of themuses. as universal displayed of publicly the goddess was portrait Aphrodite. Since bucolic (number plates on theCyprus asDavid disguise. be in two.alike. lated. that the vine. asdidAsklepios. tothe statemonuments repulsive been in official have symbols. Imperial mosaic.pagan anddatable of dated thepercentage since Furthermore. tionsof emperors. in thetound. insignia.their of stylistic basisfor the study a sound theyprovide of the the curiosity theycouldsatisfy items. to ivory(number (number 1).andvintage of Christ important in thename scenesbecame hisvictories hadachieved peror enjoyed likewise love. nessof being of happy scenes to theChristians: in logically unobjectionable appears. the realm. to sugandelsewhere. actsof warfare (number processions whether as favor24) emerged (number in the (number 25) andAchilles performances 17). andotherofficials gestthe paradisic consuls. dimensional acandbecame of paganism by the emperor. advantage fullest ideorepresentations wereothermythological him. and depiction (number themoststriking buteventually the of inspitation. empresses. Ages. sym. especially media. books. dramas andVergil(number cen. abandoned. adoption losthismajor course. andhis revelty Dionysos thetraditional Although to or replaced bolswereadded the emkantharos. cleat the made it was Christians. (number ceptable in Christian 9 ).fortitude. establishment theXrm the Eastern after in brought Zeus he survivedmainly though of Christianity position. Moreover. Heraclius Egures: Biblical self withrenowned of intothedecoration introduced life. aspropaganda. of hisidentification in thevisual reflected thatwere changes must and the lowerworld. great (number of a statue populatity stillin theform forawhile before. mainly intomedia. to bronze (number milieu.muses the bonds sponsored transcended theceremonies inglystressed Herakles theheroes. the entireMiddle of theChristian through Empire.Homer for several godsandheroes tiveuse of theOlympian 4 .

connotations. or selling artbegan to unfold.shipping. andEuripides. In its initial andthelike. distinctions themain of Adam on man's land. since thisis notquite floor mosaics.in unmatched a repertory of fullestuse of them. thepropa. Many portrayed inhisnatural (number hadhimself likeanemperor arts often throne on parallels arebased classimi. technical. (number beitlg he may purchasing on theowner's 67).70).(numbers realm intheexhibition of a Jewish Theinclusion today of theicon littleremains very 69. andthatChristian tried on a vastscale Biblical stories represent liturgieschatological. tations fromthesynagogue tole in classical played sucha leading 5 . oneof themajor de. portrait.if hecould.ticmode. diating spititual a striking example: of Christ is The figure few or no changes. of the by thetransformation enhanced toutilize implements began century. andtextiles instruments. medical. realm. mosaics.the anchor. lavished theirgreatest of as hasso oftenbeendone.symbolic serving language asis thepictorial Aspowerful art. inonecomposition tosummatize Jewish antecedents. and (number erecting a anarchitect hisproduct. Samson of theprofessional (number Members Endymion stor. likea handbook This itsrecognizability. studded 68). These arytexts(numbers but "symbolic. or painted walkof life.centuries of thebook. orbotanical.notonly tooted in classical is deeply Biblical imagery The not all artis tiedto ideologies.Herakles a winemerchant occupations: at their soforth.In lateantiquity through themedium fully and.adapted reveal doesnot necessatily power. wasmo. andhe sits on a jewel(number Alsoin representations scenes environment.those on a scale andcopied werecomposed pedic compendia art. by suchsymbols its beliefs tentto express character of Chrisritualistic theincreasingly Moreover. ing. hadbeendeveloped cycles picture down itselfwasnotnew:such was alsohanded sciences of classical Knowledge like classics of thegreat fortheillustration before encyclo. displayed: thesacred book withitsjewel(number 79). astitulat saints.with pagan Syria. as a divine oftenthannot depends of the Heliosor Orpheus a patron of daily life. andpearl-studded artists Christian likethese 85). it. ofasingle scene thecontent whereby likeanherbal mode. such the as thecross.detail of a frescowith Biblicalrepresen.andothers. culture.the dove. thepointof viewof stylebutalso. Onobjects quaries (number be lesscorrect Nothing could skills. influence scenes canalsohave complete correct. But tianartwasgreatly leaf. Christian art. richness waspassed onto theearly imagery mythological embarked life. andthe ideafroma representation withspeciSc of Philanthropy. selves portrayed 58).to a considerable in every from forconsumers artproduced includes seculat realm artist the Christian possible Wherever of content.Sctipture a fixed helped toestablish of miniatures Thecopying cycles. creation depicted than vineonthe belesslavishly under thegourd owner may Jonah byPrometheus. donor figures. while in 1932of thesynagogue (number bythediscovery tivated primatily thehieramedia transmitting 72).somewhat covers. The importance (figure the Old Testament books of A focal elements. unless more teacher of anobject as arephilosophers splendor by disciples or decorative Thepreciousness he is surrounded with be associated power. The commissioned who of theperson ligious ailiations context froma bucolic theformis taken carrier arethesame aseveryone as a lamb wears orjewelty a person garments as a symbols.ourEfth stage. decorative art. known inclassical existed a second however. anddogmatic by liturgical to pointof creativity werethefirst thattheJews it proves thefind is twofold: often heretheartist since wastheapse. whenJ inabout of theliturgy intoelaborate the Theposition purposes. During these inthethird century. building. evenwhenra.the reliand.ments. in Jewish treatises developed illustration existed that scientific It is typical OldTestament Greece.fromtheOldandNewTestaments Thefeudal aresociological. a classical the re. although realm like the Cleveland in the Christian a few statues of their association (number 55) theodium Jonah Egures of art. the palm fish. it made artsfordidactic therepresentational bythecultstatue temple occupied in thepagan were thechiefimplements on which wastaken bythealtar 81) (number likethechalice vessels. 40). pictures exerted 34.developing andthelike. aswe nowknow. Themethod picture withextensive onits illustration raphy. atleast there existed.whichhad this branch idolsbrought Figure3.andartists to Christian wascentral iconog.where 66)." sculpture wasdying monumental centuries. frescoes covered withelaborate whose walls are of Dura.and. them heor sheentiches else's.anddogmatic on such depended Bible illustrations eleorhistorical aswellas topographical wascon. In addition handbook.fromclassical the Creation thehunt of a rich mythology: although of thecourt. Christianity thethird and precious objects. on midwifery. 245-256 at DuraEuropus." hasbeenwidelytermed 35) and andsarcophagi (number such astextiles onother media. theGospel and thepaten later.a wealth handbooks mythological Menander. tated thestyle that ofhisemperor.often and artfully aslavishly illustrated were frequently paintings art-catacomb applied to funerary mostly a wide mode. cal. likea surveyor's whether wasabbreviated. TheHoly ancient by anyother andvatiety Christians. there to thenarrative.A sculpted with a whole scene figure or.degree.where of an"iconic" of areentiched 3 ). antiquity. to a halt. hieratic century a more Inthefourth ivories. The Exodus. them. media wassogreat upon other influence Theicon's scenes fromvatious thatonemayspeak of narrative picting a richrepertory compositions art. just enough topreserve leaving asliter. gation of ideologies.sleeping class liked tO have andDavidon middle 55)."objects thanto labelthem. byHomer un. withhismedical oraphysician ascanstillbe seenin frescoes. out.

wealth of material fromthisperiod. Icons focus even media. silverwork intocheaper by the tionsof ambitious materials. 12). mostluxurious (number manuscripts 83). regardless ofhisreligious plates(number affilia58). dissemination of imperial propaganda.Christians imperial diptychs (number 68) ingly adopted bytheChristians. ful. The As a two-dimensional art. miniature painting. likethesardonyx with abattle scene (number stories. Afterthe introduction ordinary household utensils areto someextent transformaof the durable parchment and the establishment. Once Sinai.signiScant when hewasdrinking outof a bowl. and perhaps on theimages themost of Christ. Among especially the goldandsilver.is texwhoserepresentations areoften to have tile.usually theimpression is thatspecial effort tion of holy images wasmade tobring during the Iconoclastic controversy more. likethe theperiod ofimpressive. huge silver plates showing such sub.demonstrates knowledge of theBiblical stories. jects astheemperor in majesty giving gifts. recent findsat Mount lines. werewritten in goldandsilver elsinsilver on purple andevenon gold-stained parchment (number Another medium. bookon thealtar more Traditionally emphasizing became focalpoints forthedevelopment shapes. Egures andscenes appear frequently (number 38) ing is the vastamount of silverthathasbeenpreserved. of a thiasos (theDionysian down. objects of thecodex used in theChristian astheprincipal service. 80).fresco painting wasmore notonlyimitated will. Precious metals. of the Constantinian reliefson the Archof Constantine (Egure1 ) withthatof many sarcophagi ( number 56 ) . especially onsarcophagi (num. butafter the rise of anymedium was thatof high century theartwent intoeclipse. ). butcameos ofgreat perfection nenceon walls.with its sharp-edged in theChristian ritewaspanel painting in theform Christian straight and goldglass. theiconis stillelusive because of large-scale destruc.armygenerals as well as by churches.Good fortune haspreserved inthedrysands of Egypt overlaid an withliturgical anddogmatic overtones.reliquary repercome scenes outletforfrescoes.theyobviously This explains. Yetit is signiScant revelry ) ( number 21). Thecontrast between itspreandflourished through thefourth andEfthcenturies in the viousutilitarian use. Butthehighest purpose Christian period it wasoftenusedsolely fordisplay. 77. forexample. distributed. on a blueground (numbers 15. andits newelevated position is particularly striking. theGospel is glass. Within theChristian realm While inclassical antiquity silver served mainly ashandsome storyenjoyed particular popularity.Imperial and consular diptychs (numbers 6.Hellenistic Augustan ages. subjects to the closeattention (726-843 of the beholder. * . at leastsomeexamples of whichare 63). elaborate thebasilicas of OldSaint caskets. While nitytospread in theclassical period themosaic Theartof glyptics predominantly served to reached its greatest perfection in the coverfloors(number and 36). 41. withitsfluent of icons. mosaics stillcarved depicted inthefourth Biblical were century. usedchiefly for the invention of storytelling cycles. andthesaints (number Thelastof themajor transcended thelimitations 72).is achieved Virgin Enthroned (number 69).In somecases mental it canbe proven (number 24) or several andin smallnarrative scenes. in the LateAntique-Early the Joseph of its association withEgypt. For fourth century. decoration of modThe sers. 8 ) suddenly beber56).In spiteof somestartling design of golden figures. form likelamps forbooks. likebronze andterracotta. Thesimilarityof style in suchluxurymanuscripts as the Vergitius . surely beandoftenelegant tableservice. Christian artists also strove fora levelof competence in thisimperial The mostspectacular craft. in thefourth andfifth rlc :] lmagery. 17. A occur it is highly likely thatthesame workshops cycle of David produced scenes is evendistributed overa whole setof others forany customer. theidentity apparently of style owned by wealthy landholders and entpurposes. Relief sculpture waslessobjectionable inthefifth and sixth centuries. art. artaswellasinChristian art. pagan andChristian subjects IsisorCybele cults. Allthemore astonish. 6 What survived longest were thestatues of emperors and emNever before hadivory beensowidely used in theartsas presses (number 5 ). whoseacquisitions of implements likeprecious chalices andpatensin silver( numbers78. Yetthefactthatthey could threaten thefounda. TheBible andespecially than justtableware. Thehuge hoards of LateAntique and artobjects Christians started tobury their dead in sarcophEarly Christian silver found in allprovinces of theRoman tion. withAriadne. The roleplayed by Egurative representing thegodeither alone.When Empire depended areproofthatluxurious onsculptors trained fordiffersilver objects werewidely agi.Mosaics competed in their splendor withfrescoes. heldpositions enormous textiles area great number withDionysian subof importance in all ancient cultures. displayed on them covering thewallswithextensive toryof OldandNewTestament anewthattheChristians tookevery Oldand opportuNewTestament cycles fortheedification of thefaith. 81 ) hadhighpriority.predominantly for furniture andaptriumphal columns andotherstatemonuments of imperial plique.like frescoes.asvaluable Other astheywerein media. orthelifeofAchilles ineither onemonusideby side. some orcenminiature bronze painting casters achieved copied thehighest thefigurative artistic quality. 67). No great artistic skillwasbestowed on fifth theillustration of papyrus rolls. texture. tionsof theempire highlights their importance. centuries glass workers stressed twospecial types fortherich Onemedium of figurative thatcompeted artsimultaneously withthebookfor a central display in thepagan andthe position realms: cut glass. Texthat intheEfth and sixth centuries part usmuch about thepopularity of theDionysos cult large goldmedallions (number 10) wereimportant in the tilesteach Among a variety of mythological subjects. bucolic and even serially ( number 39).in lateantiquity. oras goldis difficult to judge because so much of it wasmelted jects. Therich werea wel. and other Peter's orSaint liturgical Paul's objects. Thisis cause when atextile is turned intoaholy image. andthegreat of ornamental feasts. it wasnowgivenmorepromi.ordeities of the Cleveland In every medium discussed. of anenormously graceful andcolor. came a means forthemanifestation of stateauthority. unlikely theVirgin. thevastinterior forpyxides surfaces of butusedivory (numbers 60.

Thehighlysensitiveartisthasemployed the abstract form for the divinity and more naturalistic forms for human Egures.thecatacomb in theViaLatina wherea variety of subjects fromancient mythology.of the interminglingof pagan and Christianculture is the Projecta casket (number45). his body is flat and dematerialized. Withinthis ecumenical style. andthe threeapostles Peter.charioteers.548-565 Note. Abstraction was not used exclusivelyin works of lower quality. Here.Milan. and Jamesare very lively and emotionaland their bodies quitecorporeal andvital. severalfourth-andfifth-century workshops specialized in the production of gold-glassdrinkingbowls depicting scenesfromthe life of Achilles. These two modes are the foundation of the great vatietyof stylesfoundin the artof the MiddleAges. Detailof apsemosaic with theTransfiguration of Christ Saznt Catherine's Monastery. 67) In Palestine glassflaskswith appropriate symbols were apparently sold at holy places. therenevertheless existedconsiderable variations due to geography and time. Seen froma widerperspective. f z:4 Figure4. which depicts theTransEguration of ChristChrist's faceis rendered in abstract lines. 53. from sculptural to two-dimensional arts for the sake of dematerialization and spiritualization.and Ravenna.however. In the tencts datesof emperors' reignsaregiven within parentheses aftertheir names 7 . Imperial commissions in provincial citiessuchas Jerusalem. while others show a great numberof Old Testamentand a few New Testament scenes.a greatartistcouldachieve thehighest refinement and sophistication. which containsVergil'sGeorgics and Aeneid. including some laborsof Herakles. TheGreco-Roman style. even withinthe sameworkof art. and from spatialsettingsto geometric order. too. and especially outside Italy.the greatmetropolises Alexandria and Antioch.Clearlythe artist consideredneither of the two modessuperior to the other. Threeremarkable caseshavecometo light within the lastdecades: a burial chamber underSaintPeter's.The best example of this combination is the apsemosaicof SaintCatherine's Monasteryat MountSinaifounded by Justinian ( Egure 4 ). On the other hand. MountSinai. andJonahunderthe gourdvine. whichhas a mosaic with Helioson a quadriga in the apexof its ceiling andaJonah sceneon its walls. Old andNew Testament scenesor Jewishsymbols(numbers 15. outsidethe imperial residences of Rome.venerated by eitherChristians or Jews.through its use.predominant in imperial Rome? was not only sllaredby Constantinople but preserved in this capital morestrongly thanin anypartof the empire into the sixth and seventhcenturies(number58 ).anda tombchamber in Alexandria. andthe Germanic territories. Naturalistic-classical and abstract modes of expression couldbe applied simultaneously. artistic revivals andotherfactors producedobjects in whichthe classical heritage wasoftenmuch betterpreserved thanin otherworksof art produced contemporaneously in the sameregions. impactof barbarian invasionsor the influence of folklore. the generaltrendof stylisticdevelopment was fromnaturalism to abstraction.a lambcarrier who maywell be the Good Shepherd.still clingingto classical tradition as late as the thirdandfourth centuries began to succumbto the native styles of their hinterlands-CopticEgypt in the case of Alexandria and Palmyrene Syriain the case of Antioch. wheretheyabounded.Moreover. while thefacesof Moses.theyareusedfor different purposes. the classicalheritage weakened rapidly andwas inSltrated by what is calledC4Migration of Nations"art. in the provinces of Gaul. where a scene of daily life with oxen turninga water wheel is placedalongside a hermset in a sacred grove. whichtowardsthe end of this periodwas broken up by the barbarian invasions in the West and the rise of Islamin the East.Vaticanus.Britain.Elijah.where at times the naturalistic-classical and at times the abstract elements prevailed. The clearestexample. andtheQuedVinburg ItaVa butwasmotivated witha fragment by the desireto achieve fromtheBooksof a higher degree of Kingscanhardly be explained otherthanby the assumption thattheyweremadein the sameRoman scriptorium.Suchabstraction was not due solelyto the spirituality thancouldbe attained by naturalistic expression.John.Sll some chambers. nurtured by the imperialcourt and humanistic intellectuals. in the West. a bridalcasketupon which a noble Christian ladyis represented next to the toiletof Aphrodite.Spain. Yet this turning away from the classicaltradition was not a lineardevelopment. The atmosphere of toleranceimpliedby the workshop practices is confirmed by commonburialchambers where members of one familybelonging to different religions had depicted subjects fromdif3erent religious repertories sideby side.

wasa 8 ). andpublic statues today even that games.Ubiquitous terms ity intovisual of his anddepictions of the emperor portraits suchas trimonuments actson public official a his rule throughout asserted arches umphal inthewest Spain from stretched that vastempire in the northto in the east. marble. of Constantine. mostskillful cities. theArch theacclamareceiving and acts official performing en1). to subjects message the imperial at wereconcentrated monuments Mostimperial Rome particularly of government.v <- Imperial Realm an wasprimarily realm Theartof theimperial by whichthe andcelebration artof persuasion authortheir translated andhisofficials emperor for all to see. personal aswellasgreat empire Themostprecious artis richandostentatious.England to Syria thatencompassed in thesouth a domain Egypt objects. processional squares. chitectural livedin colorfully sumptuously. his obligations. Thepostof consul (seenumber circus pastand. enlarged shown likethefinecameo 10). usedforsmall-scale andarsculpture wereusedforlarger porphyry arisand Theemperor embellishment. and Washington of theruling andmembers theemperor Since of the the resources classhadat theirdisposal imperial wealth. to thecapital overtheempire imof itspatrons.andemployed palaces decorated all from whowereattracted artists.likemany Republican relicof Rome's of thelanded bymembers wasSlled offices. the and aristocracy ::: g6s' x 8 . and buildings huge of cumulation routes. dressed tocracy the andvillas. of hisvirtue proof in thehunt. thesmallest Even peoples. other theemshared who military. status theexalted Toreflect on Thereliefs ceremonial.ivory. bore (number goldmedallion or a splendid of the realm. forpublic arenas large and as capitals of such thecharacter affect cities these NewDelhi. He is rigidly tionof his people(figure above elevated physically and spiritually throned. depict on the arch reliefs Other his attendants. shared officials emperor's ceremonial principally performed like consuls. objects. artwasstiffly perial him show forexample. Some. and bronze. gold. monuments. in battleandexcelling conquering Constantine The andcourage. different many at theright. the centers acwastheir So impressive andConstantinople.andgems were materialssilver. in the of games asthesponsoring such functions.

fromcreamy whiteto bright orange. thecouple's bearing is strictly imperial: they arelarger in scale andmore richly dressed than theirretinue. 1. probably Maximianus Herculeus (286-310)andhis son Maxentius (306-312). Thetwo senior emperors were called Augusti andthetwojunior. is thelSgure ofChrist blessing. Therulers were thought ofasunited intheir rule.theartof theimperial realm forms animpressive and appropriate opening to an exhibition of LateAntique and Early Christian art. butabove hishead. peror's pride andresourcefulness in thehunt. or tetrarch. thesenior Augustus at the left.emerald. Justinian andhis wife. Maximianus. Caesars. Washington. Rome.is distinguished by hislarger sizeandindependent gaze.( 1 11/16in.). Justinian (527-565). aconcept clearly stated bythepairs of embracing emperors in twoporphyry sculptures from Constantinople onthefasade of Saint Mark's inVenice. In the mosaics of SanVitalein Ravenna. Although thecontext is purely Christian. The quality of the carving.14 9 .Onthiscameo theemperors areshown in a close-knit composition thatemphasizes their solidarity. enhanced by the gem's subtle coloration. traditional imperial images wererecast in Christian terms. Theodora. Such images ofdivine majestywere oneof themostimportant bequests of theimperial realm to theemerging artof a new age. When emperors became Christian.D. Thecameo is setasa pendant in a lateRoman.. a system devised bytheemperor Diocletian (284-305)to overcome the governmental chaos of thethird century.3cm. 306-310. In its all-encompassing role. andclear-glass drops. Dumbarton Oaks Collection. Diocletian divided the empire intofoursections. Width ofgem: 4. eachgoverned by an emperor. overseeing hisvictory. goldmount andhungwithchains terminating in smoothly cut beryl.C. although Maxentius wasnever officiallyrecognized. Thischalcedony gemis carved withthebusts of two rulers.for example.. appear in a symbolic procession honoring thededication of thechurch. Theyruled. andtheyarethe onlylSgures not overlapped byothers. during the period of the Tetrarchy. is exceptional. 47. hadhimself portrayed on anivory diptych (number 6) as a traditional Roman conqueror. butnotcontemporary.

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I (306-337), sonof emperor, Constantine 2. TheSrstChristian ) andHelena,was bornat I ( 293-3()6 the tetrarch Constantius wherethe bronze headat Nis, in Yugoslavia, Naissus, modern Augustus by the Roman the left was found.He was acclaimed milia seriesof brilliant in 306 and,through armyin England victories, gainedcontrolof the westernpart taryandpolitical of the of the empirein 312. In 324 he becamesole emperor Roman world. With startlingeyes the pupils and itises are gold-and is among themost around theears,thisportrait traces of gilding to proclaim madefor publicdisplay impressive of Constantine part of a throughout the empire.Originally his sovereignty feacharacteristic statue,theheadshowssomeof Constantine's jaw,largenose, the square tures,knownfromotherportraits: renmoreabstractly in general andcaplike hair.It is, however, the atNaissus during dered, pointing to theworkof a localartist diConstantine's gaze underlines late 320s. The unwavering Height24 cm. ( 9 7/16 in.) . National vinelyinspired authority. Museum, Belgrade

head, of the bronze to the schematic conception 3. In contrast amethyst intaglio( above,left) of Constantius the magnilScent andrichlymodson, is carefully II (337-361), Constantine's is strongin the squarejaw, eled. While familyresemblance brows,these eyesunderprominent "Roman" nose,andstaring treatment of the cheeks, by the expressive features aresoftened only mouth,andloosecurlsat the napeof the neck.Although typical of hasthe monumentality 13/8 incheshigh,thisportrait dynasty. Constantinoof the Constantinian imperial sculpture Kulturbesitz, Museen,Preussischer ple, about360. Staatliche Misc.30931 Berlin, Antikenabteilung, ( 375) of theemperor Gratian head( above, right 4. Themarble Augustus at the age of nine, blendsthe au383), appointed in keeping with his clasthorityof his officewith a sensitivity Once undertheEnest poetof the age,Ausonius. sicaleducation modin its delicately this portrait, partof a bust or statuette, thatof Aelia surface andsmallscale,anticipates eled polished 5 ). Height14 cm. (51/2in.). Constantinople, Flacilla (number Geneva. Photo:O. Widmer OrtizCollection, about375.George
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at the plaque 6¢The magnificent wasmost halfof a diptych, right, ( 527likely madefor Justinian as appears 565). The emperor of the earth,personiconqueror the beneath fied by the woman one andof the barbarians, horse, the emperor's of whomtouches The as a signof submission. lance athisleftprobablfr Victory winged oru reath, a crown onceptesented carlikethatheldby thestatuette Below,repreriedbsrthesoldier. Euro nations, ofcaptive sentatives offertribute. peanandOriental, is blessing a bustof Christ Above, sucChristian byangels, supported Victories. to theclassical cessors Justinian The ivorvcelebrates andhistriof thefaith asdefender umphantreign under Christ's mila specific than rather guidance itary conquest.Its masterfull of a conis thework relief carved dingmote Bycrou artist. summate than panel thecentral into figures he contain, it couldcomfortablv witha bursting theivorv endowed itS exultant thatsupports energy Height34.1 cm. (13 statement. Musee 7/16 in.). Constantinople. OA9063 Paris, duLouvret

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M 10036 . Thecluttered composition and hieratic display of richly adorned {igures is characteristic of many contemporary consulat diptychs. (125/8 in. Constantinople. Kunsthistorisches Museum. Below. Medallions of Emperor Anastasius (491-518 ) and ofhiswife. similat portraits mayhavebeenplaced in the consul's box at the circus. inthearena. a memberof thestreet-building commission of Ephesos. in the third quarter of thefifth century thisportrait ofEutropios.). Liverpool. he supervises theceremony of sparsio. I 880 8. Ivory. thisdiptych leafcelebrates the appointment in 513 of Clementinus as consul in Constantinople. According to its insctiptions. creates an expressive likeness. wherethe marble headbelowwasfound.). Enthroned. withits elongated faceandstrongly stylized hait.7. Thetreatment of the head.Height 32cm. (153/8 in. servants pour the riches fromsacks. Merseyside County Museums.eyes.Atiadne. Vienna.andbeard. wasplaced onaninsctibed wallconsole asa more attractive and impressiverecord of his civiccontribution. flank thecross atthetop of thepanel. Personifications of Romeand Constantinople stand behind thenewconsul's throne assymbolsof hisputative authority. Antikensammlung. Whiletoday large painted signsannounce thegovernor responsible for thecreation of a newhighway. capturing the spititual life of theman rather than merely mitroring hisphysical self. height 39 cm.nowbroken fromthe shoulders. Sculpted portraits of officials linedthe streets andforums oflateRoman cities likeEphesos ontheeast coast of the Mediterranean. thedistribution of money andprizes during thecircus games athisinauguration.

of geniito joina group carried aloftby twowinged is borancestors.1 15 . perhaps Libra band. an (see number perhaps thatof the Symmachi the to keepalive pagan family thatsought aristocratic spatial Theambiguous andcustoms. ona cart drawn ingground is a youth atop ofwhich is afuneral pyre. (107/8 in. in a quadriga. wasextremely deways thatwere in strictly traditional official duties objects as andon private picted on statemonuments well.7 cm. ceremony celebrating by an elaborate when wasmade in thefifthcentury. is at thetopof thepanel thesungod. bypart of thezodiacal dered on theright is a bustof Helios.10Museum. his apotheosis. followed death wasusually theemperor's perial times. theeHigy Behind byfourelephants. ascending emperor. London. 13.). theelephants in the which were caged Thetwoeagles. Inasociety ceremony Antique world. peror would tradition.Themonogram 32). ancient religion indicate withheavy faces and stout Egures relationships date.and social bylaws asseverely regimented 9.ordeification. In early of a Roman osis. pyteand released is thesoulof theemperor Above. Heaven his deiSed figures. customs as thatof theLate their Emperors performed important. the symbolize when it wassetaflame. the Efth-century 57.Height27. TheBritish Probably Rome. pagan memorial to anextinct as a nostalgic is taken to theburnof theemperor Here. andin thecorner through Pisces. represents theapothediptych Thisleafof anivory imemperor. Since thisivory statereligion andno emwastheofficial Christianity intended it wasprobably have been deified.

shows awarrior. 58). Egypt. riding over fallen barbarians. Length 66 cm. it may commemorate the victories of Constantine oroneof hissons. make upthegirdle above. freeing acityunder barbarian siege. In thetradition of earlier Roman gems decorated withimperial triumphal imagery. Theclassical subject and warrior's dress recall portraits of Alexander theGreat. which wasfound in Cyprus (see numbers 52. as Christian emperors oftensawtheirownheroic deeds in OldTestament terms (seenumber 58). Fruhchristlich-Byzantinische Sammlung.Emperor Maurice (582-602) assumed theconsulship at Constantinople.Emperors.Metropolitan Museum. Barbarians. 17.Opposite. Together. which shows Roman soldiers. some onhorseback. Berlin. along withthestyle of thefigures and theitdifference inscale. hadgoldmedallions struck to giveto hisofficials. themedallions and coins weigh nearly onepound.). Height 15cm. andon theback in military dress standing in a quadriga. whothen hadthem mounted to display theimperial favor he enjoyed.).190. Four of theseandsmaller coins of his reign. which. indicate alatefourthorearly fifth-century date. an allusion to Joshua's rescue of Gibeon (Joshua 10) mayalsobe intended. In 583 and602.( 173/4 in. Probably 583. aswellasthose of several earlier emperors. of about 325350. 4782. ( 57/8 in.147 11. It is exquisitely carved to make themost ef3ective useof thedifferent colored strata of the stone. a fragment of a splendid sardonyx cameo. Belgrade 16 . Such giftswere meant for onlya very important official. Although a contemporary battle is depicted here. Preussischer Kulturbesitz. wearing adiadem. Photograph: Jorg Anders 12. Giftof J. whether pagan orChristian.10.). and. probably Ashmunein. their leaders arehung from forked stakes infront of thecitywalls. Adding to thescene's excitementarethe frank portrayal andgeneral overloading of imagery. carrying a standard withChrist's monogram (barely visible attheleft).in celebration. are being driven offorkilled.(251/2 in. Pierpont Morgan. Height 45cm. Staatliche Museen. On the front of themedallions Maurice is shown in imperial regalia. commemorated their military conquests on statemonuments andon smaller objects likethe woodsculpture at theright. National Museum.

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Thebronze horseat the left was probably one of four that drewa model chariot. werestaged in thecircuses of Rome andConstantinople. probablyhighoSicials. a pagan ritual to appease thegodsat thestart ofaperformance. It mayhavebeena commemorative sculpture to a victorious charioteer ora copy of anemperor'sceremonial quadriga ( see number 10). Thecentral figure pours a libation from a shallow bowl. buttheanimals and hunters. Toledo Museum of Art. The agonyof the dying animals contrasts dramatically with thebusinesslike attitude of thehunters andthe withdrawn gazeof the patrons. resembles Justinian's mount on the ivory plaque (number 6 ).67. Liverpool. made in Rome in theErst halfof the fifthcentury. In stylethehorse.7cm.greens.(21/2 in. depicts anelk huntin anarena observed bythree men. with its stocky bodyandstylized mane. Gamesand entertainments forthepublic. ProbablyConstantinople. Thecurved arena is shown in a flattened bird'seyeview. Theviolent contests andanimalhunts("venationes") appealed to the masses pentup in the great cities. Geneva.). Below.Photograph: O.Horse: height13. ( 115/8 in.13-15.aresuperimposed in registers. Chariot races werealsoparticularly popular. likeparticipants inamodern bullfight. sponsored by theemperor andhisoSicials.11.). Merseyside County Museums.4 cm. Plaque:height29. andthefactions supporting the four teams the reds.a smallgoldglassof the second halfof thefourth century portrays a triumphant charioteer named Vincentius and his horseInvictus ("Unconquerable" ).4cm. Widmer 19 . blues. a mixture of perspectives withalong history inRoman art.). One hunter spears anelkwhile others lean outof thedoors ready to provide distraction. andwhites evenbecame powerful political forces. The ivoryplaqueon this page.Giftof Edward Drummond Libbey.GeorgeOrtizCollection. ThereddecorationonVincentius's tunic andonhis horse's trappings identiSes himasbelonging to theredfaction. (5 7/16 in. Glass: diameter 6. M 10042. seenfrom theside.

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Political. the Romandependence on Greekmodelsprogressively gaveway to otherinfluences. they adapted both subject matterandstyle from the classical repertory.The hound.gesturing goddessAthena.who is a personiScation of Delos. it presents an assembly of classical deitieson the islandof Delos. theRomans equated Greek godswiththeirown. ( 19 in.fallen stag.andgriHin at the footof thecomposition aresymbolsof thetwins. Alnwick Castle.who standat the far left and far right..3 cm.chose Greek models in literature.Foundin 1734 on the banksof the Tynein northern England. Of central importance was the human figure.Theypreserved the imageof classical culture for latergenerations. The lanxmayhavebeenmadeat Ephesos in honorof his visit in 363 to Delos. Illusionistic painting andthe cleargrammar of architectural orders also determined the basicformof Romanartisticproduction. especially theexploits of heroes(number 23) andpersoniScations (number 26). passionately nostalgic ef3orts to keeptheoldorder aliveafterChristianity hadtriumphed produced exquisite pagan objects such as the ivory diptychof Asklepiosand Hygieia (number 22 ) or the silverdish at the left.Width48.). and standing beside her is Ortygeia. and intellectual upheaval provoked a spiritof expressionism seen in official portraiture (number 7 ). G. K. the representation of pagan godsforcult purposes was abandoned. continued to decorate luxury objects. His Grace the Duke of Northumberland..yne r X 23 . andthe influxof mysteryreligions fromthe EastandEgyptinto the heart of the empirebrought an increased use of symbolto replace natural depiction. In their art. Illustrations of epics( number37 ) andof scientiSc texts ( number 34 ) as well as bucolicthemes(numbers 38. 39) alsoremained popular.also venerated on the isIand. Afterthe Efthcentury.C1455iC4/Realm As the self-appointed heirsof classical Greekculture. as in the limestone reliefof the Persian godMithras (number 30 ) thatwas found in Rome. the birthplace of the twins ArtemisandApollo.completesthe group.D.economic.Theconscious classicism of thegraceful Sguresis so intensein this work that it is often relatedto the strenuous effortsof the emperor Julian the Apostate(360-363) to revitalize paganism. Leto'ssister.Leto. but the depiction of mythological subjects. Seatednext to Apollo is the twins' mother.. oftenproducing careful copies or free interpretations of Greeksculpture and painting.In thefourth andfifthcenturies. The resplendent silverlanx at the left a large shallowdishwhichmayhaveserveda ritualistic purpose-is one of the masterpieces of the last phaseof pagan art. wherehe offereda sacriSce to Apollo. The armed.and employedGreek sciencein their technological achievements. renderedwith an idealized naturalism. 18. Newcastleupon. After the secondcentury A.

The vigorous presentation of the deitiesand the culticparaphernalia.WadeFund.Thevibrant colors.Paris.). in a leopardskin. (54 3/8in.Dionysos. Below. and Pan.Charles PotterKlingFund. Opposite: wool andlinentapestry. The piece. 75. andgraceful yet mannered figures testifyto the weaver's skillandto therichness andmonumentality of lateRoman wallhangings. The splendid textileoppositeis a fragment of a large third-to fourth-century hanging depicting Dionysosand his companions.culminatedin animaland sometimes even humansacriSces.6. Sincehe was the god of the grapeharvest andwine was a basiccommodity in the Roman world. while a maenad andPan (right) peer frombehindher legs.right:height36.8cm. wheretheseobjects weremade. TheCleveland Museum of Art.Boston.) . including a wineskin. a kantharos. Ariadne.according to Greekmyths.H. showa stillactiveappreciation of thecult.J. walkagainst a background cluttered with cultobjects.19-21.a signof distinction in paganart.appears on the sixth-century ivory below. Museum of Fine Arts. The styleof its highreliefandthe tightSt of the smaller figuresbehindAriadneresemble those featureson the ivoryof Justinian ( number 6 ).TwoErotesholda marriage wreath overherhead. with his shepherd's crook.CL 455. herea satyrandmaenad with haloes. Below. height138 cm. godof wineandfertility. ( 141/2 in.Dionysos. which preserves the shapeof the elephant'stusk. Photograph: HirmerFotoarchiv. andmusical instruments. (161/2in.18 24 .participating in the cultic revel.left: height42 cm. On the fifth-to sixth-century textilebelow.his cultpersisted intothesixthcentury in otherwise Christianized areas like Egypt. was probably madeto decorate furniture. Museede Cluny. however. The impassive facesandstiffposescontrast sharply with the classicizing styleof the earlier hanging.53.decorative architectural setting.). whomDionysosmarried afterTheseusabandonedher on Naxos. wasworshiped in ecstaticrevelsthat.

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22. Thebeautiful ivorydiptych belowwasprobably made in Italyin theearly fifthcentury. It depictstwomarble cultstatues of Asklepios, thegod of medicine, andHygieia, goddess of health, that pethaps stood in thetemple of Asklepios in Rome. Asklepios leans on a club,around which is twined abearded snake. A young boyin a hooded garment, thespititTelesphoros, stands beside him.Hygieia, leaning ona tripod, offers aneggto a snake, pethaps symbolizing hertoleasa fertility goddess. AnEros looks upather. Both statues areflanked bycolumns supporting cultobjects. Theclassicistic style,particularly theloosely draped, gracefully posed figures, reveals theconscious imitation of earlier models that is characteristic of other pagan ivories of theperiod (see number 32). Height31.4 cm. (123/8in.). Merseyside County Museums, Liverpool, M10004

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Theexcitementof thestruggle is heightened by the colorful inlay of copper andtwoshades of silver.found in theRhone near Avignon. Theintricate coiling of themonster's body is echoed in thehero's raised arms and right legand intherippling contour of hislion-skin cloak. a blatantly unclassical approach to thisclassical subject. At the left.Seated in the center is Achilles. the Stoicheropar excellence. while Achilles talks to Odysseus. The impressively largefourth-century plateat theleft. richdisplay of armor.(271/2 in. (73/8 in. 25. The Art Museum. 71-35 29 . Thefourth-century bronze plaque at the rightshowsHerakles. Bibliotheque Nationale. Achilles andHerakles.). clubbing oneof thefiveheads of thehydra of Lerna during thesecond of his twelve labors. subtly modeled figures. andthe decorative moldings make theplate a truly magnificent testimony tothetaste and wealth of thelate Roman world.24. Patis. A similarly selective combination of events is found in EarlyChristian illustrations of the Bible andis typical of theperiod (number 56).Plaque: height18. combines several episodes from theTrojan War.). Thesubjects of the otherepisodes canonlybe inferred sincetheyarerepresented by single elements excerpted from fuller depictions. whocame withtheembassy of Phoenix andAjax (Iliad 9: 162657).8cm. Patroklos leads Briseisfrom Achilles's tent(Iliad 1: 326-356 ). Perhaps Egypt. Princeton University. 2875. Themajestic scale. LateAntique andEarly Christian society extolled courage andfortitude in thehuntandin circus combats. andtherefore it wasonly natural thatthebold deeds of twovery popular Greek heroes. Plate: diameter 70 cm. a scene found inPompeian painting. Cabinet des Medailles. weregreatly admired.

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height 16 cm. Constantinople. during thesecond century B. Onthepage attheright. Such wasthepopularity of bucolic scenes thattheywereevenintroduced intounrelated scientiSc treatises to embellish thetext. he popularized scientiISc textsby rendering themintoverse. Paris.fols.). Nicander lived inIonia. where thegiants areshown assnake-legged monsters. cod. whoareshown against alight blue sea. thecentral ISgure is a shepherd burning anantler on analtar to drive away snakes. (61/2 in.Parchment.suppl. Like Aratus (seenumber 34).47vand 48v .40. Bibliotheque Nationale. Thecomposition isprobably adapted from Roman illustrations of theGreek myth of the battle of gods and giants. seenfleeing to the right. gr. Theinfluence of bucolic themes is apparent intheuseof shepherds in thisand other illustrations in themanuscript andin theidyllic landscapes in which theyareoftenset. Thepage below vividly depicts hisaccount of thebirth of snakes from theblood of giants. onthewestcoast ofAsia Minor.C.Thisglowing tenth-century Byzantine manuscript copies a nowlostLate Antique bookcontaining thetreatises of Nicander of Colophon on poisonous insects andanimals and their antidotes.247.

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hereandon thefollowing ico.trated imperial by adapting support to official sponded (p." Judaism. church. dimension. ( numbers cults mystery from as well as ). 64). except Empire art.Jonah 68. andusually tion. venerated imsingle formdepicted by theyear400. 62) (numbers illustration for manuscript were veloped and faith whodiedfortheir bythemartyrs. intheRoman tialforrecognition religions allolder suppressed had state and of salvathemes on concentrated they representations. decorps Itsesprzt of itscongregations. Bythesixth religion.mythological. synods organized churches. religious pagan alsofrom jectcame 60 . ofthe richness and creativity the epitomize materials ous renas emperor position Constantine's for its images. baptismal and ) 56 number ( funerary in as tion. of anenriched thedemands tomeet produced of sources art a variety upon artdrew Christian Nascent luxuriof made reliquaries and lamps. Eastern -imperial. Christian of imagery is andthere unique. extent what to show They worship. bytheseamonster swallowed Jonah and quentially. mized aswell (numbers media to other in 313 butwassoonapplied Withthe Edictof Milan as heroes. paving essenelements onlythose thatincluded events church portant century. in thefirst inPalestine compositions Christian influenced subjects Mythological world theMediterranean throughout speed astonishing withits legends 58). He built theartistry patronage no doubtof his active Christhe of glorification the on concentrated now was on carried and of bishops.Chrixtian Realm (numShepherd fortheGood adapted shepherd sect bearing Jewish asa minuscule beginnings itsfledgling From 77). p.Christianity. 59 number see ( cycles tian twowas appeal Christianity's itsprogress. active more even an took successors His empire. liturgy. Inspiration (numbers saints below 63. with ber55 spread Christianity century.iconic usinunder. rolein the church's seTheyshow. standing withpicobjects Commemorative of the Greco. ethnic by unimpeded Judaism One forms.tially.it probably the Biblical following wasepito. andtheOldTestament persecu. cation 59. of Portraits waslittleor no ChrisThere spectacular. the is illusinches. heritage had to buildon the formal ) pro74-77 to theholysites(numbers reference imagery torial inexhaustible theseemingly and tradition Roman wasthe there Finally. vine liketheram. ( praying Jonah ). twointerrelated assumed by a tionsof theBible wasfostered growth Thechurch's isedsalvation. 201/2 13to about from in height re. Thesecond theway. iconic category. world of theartof theRoman TheChristianization a sepform saints and Virgin. 61. arate the since but in thefirsttwocenturies. 69).ranging artists Christian organization.became 58.(number and Intolerance religion. of Christianity hisadoption dered art andpagan onimperial lavished formerly after313. portrayals to their nography the under resting castup (at theright). the Christ. sequenarranged episodes with narration a pictorial was intercommuniconstant the and organization disciplined wasdetext.popular vided oftheBible. tianartcreated a deliberate through Egures holy the of otherworldliness accustomed converts pagan were of Christians majority (numform ofphysical dematerialization and century abstraction of theirgods. ( p.Pilgrimof Christian contributions artists mostsignificant a foundation Butwhat its development. patens. pages. Roman theofficial "abbreviated Called of thesubject. 62). of smallmarble group An extraordinary 55. 66. a new. andJewish. above 63. bers monufew Unfortunately being. theVirgin. cultic.a distinctively thisheterogeneous From of morality but profound the simple fold: it offered Illustralines. a universal to become intoChrisabsorbed completely was commentaries and unsuccesswere localized. Efth the in Developed 68-73).by thethird testimony to visual perand century. 60.fected toguide period thisearly from remain ments art. fulinslowing Chrisbase.intermittent ). of Christ. wassimilarly and sanctity the emphasized It art.Jonah in styleandsub.ageartwasanother. into came art Christian to be oneof the artproved in thesixth.Chalices. throughouttian withprelates correspondence a voluminous statues.gourd images. different several along developed art tian promit and boundaries.

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personified by the rivergodbetweenthe two Sgures.394 .andlessformal episodes in landscape settings. to hand-to-hand combatto determine the outcome of the war.thatare depicted as imperial courtfunctions. findsa remarkable parallel in Heraclius's warto freethe HolyLandfromthe Sasanians.396.who.Heraclius won and latercaptured Jerusalem andrestored it to Christian rule. Thesetof platesmaywellcommemorate hiscampaign. whilePhilistines (right) prepare to flee. Eachplateis formedof a solidpieceof silver. (51/2in. since they beat imperial controlstamps ( equivalent to modern hallmarks ) withhis portrait asit appeared on coinsfrom613 to about630. the artisthas endowedthe imageswith an extraordinary sense of movement andvolume anda wealthof decorative detail.muscles taut.Theplateat theright.At the top Goliath cursesDavidin the Valleyof Elah.intricately chasedby hand. these two silver platesarepartof a set of ninewith scenes fromthe Old Testament life of KingDavid.Gift of J.whereDavidtook the stonesfor his slingfroma brook. Theplatesweremadein Constantinople during Heraclius'sreign.the largest andmostimportant of thenine. 17. the enemygeneral.combines several episodes related to David's slaying of the Philistine warriorGoliath(1 Samuel17:40-54). Below:diameter 14 cm. Right:diameter 49.4 cm. illustrate ceremonial events. Foundin Cyprus.suchas Saularming David for his battle.prepares to castthe shotthatwill stunhis adversary Istaelitesoldiers ( left) observe thecombat. A contemporary source recordsthat in 627 the emperorchallenged Razatis. like the onebelowof Davidslaying thelionthatsetuponhis flock( 1 Samuel 17:34-39) . Metropolitan Museum.58. The plates'ambitious subject. Davidattacks the lionfrom behind a composition adaptedfrom classicalrepresentations of Herakles slaying theNemean lion.) .190.foureachin two smaller sizes.Despitethe difficulty of this task.At the bottom Davidbeheads thefallenGoliath.).centering on David's victory. Theeightotherplates. Pierpont Morgan.( 191/2 in. In thecenter Goliath lungesat David. Amongthe most splendid worksfromthe reignof the emperorHeraclius(610-641).

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59.25 60. acq. Thelively andrichly colored scenes include. Parallels fortheturreted andcolumned buildings in North African mosaics andfor the expressive figures and strong butdark palette inlater Spanish manuscripts suggest thatthePentateuch wasmade inoneof those areas.5cm.Herehis brothers are brought before himafterthe cuphadbeenfound hidden in Benjamin's sackof grain.Isaacfeeling Jacob's handandneck. Thenarrative is arranged in three irregular registers witha wealth of architectural andgenre detail.The sixth-century ivory pyxis below bears three scenes from thepartly apocryphal Jewish story of Joseph andhis divining cup(Genesis 43-44). Joseph's feast forhisbrothers andtheir attack upon Benjamin when thecup wasdiscovered arealsoillustrated.likeotherChristian pyxides. Theadventure-filled life of Joseph waspopular in Early Christian art.} d:S:.whicharewrapped in goatskin to deceive him. which comprise thePentateuch. Theseventh-century manuscript at the left.at the bottomright. TheState Hermitage Museum. contains four of thefirst fivebooks of theOldTestament.Jacob's dream of the ladder..). it may. It is written in Latin andillustrated with full-page miniatures that group together events inthelives ofOldTestament figures. Bibliotheque Nationale. Perhaps Constantinople. lat.and. Thevigorous. at the right.( 151/2 in.2334. calledthe Ashburnham Pentateuch after oneof itsowners. R_L ' 'CZ . Although theuseof thispyxisis unknown. w8 * b_ a f *-t } m. s: w e>.). a distinctive feature of themanuscript. havecontained the Eucharistic bread. nouv. fol. incense. or relics. Paris.Rebecca overhearing Isaac send Esau to thellield to huntforgame. (3 1/16 in. Height 7. at thetopleft. Height 39.7 cm. expressive styleis similar to that of the^ Joseph cycle on theivory bishop's throne in Ravenna. Leningrad. here Jacob and Esau (Genesis 27-28 ).

pictorial morecomplete Threescenesare crowded right atthenear intotheplaque ): Pilate washinghis (above handsto absolvehimselfof carrying Christ death. fromwhatmust havebeena cycle. left of thecross sidewith Christ's whopierced at the right. Christ's the crosson the roadto Calthe vary. plaques. andJohnat the Mary grieving andLonginus. Theevents as together sionweregrouped art in Christian series a special Theyrepresented andthought.with a wreath Christ here Even thecross. saron theearlier -composition mirChrist's depicting cophagus 56). representations Christis shown the cruciSed fortheSrst form inhuman here the Crucifixtime. forbetraying inghimself with the andthe Ctucifixion. of disciple a a cockcrows. surviving from ascanbejudged of the scene. of the promise fulfillment the and gave of his incarnation to the hope for redemption faithful. onlysymbolion wasdepicted hanging ically.with Peterseeming to progress Christ's interrupt of the is reminiscent Calvary.It was not until four 70 . head. (number acles complaque TheCrucifixion hangJudas binestwo events: Christ.Pasof (Xhrist's 61.the thanhanging rather cross. These four ivory oncepartof a casket. triumphant on. Lord.Previously.and Peter denying is he that accusation woman's his Above Christ.The overlapping to sodes. Passion theearliest areamong scenes some depict They series. on a pillar.As far his spear. from as the Gospels doesnot suffer asthe butis portrayed describe hiseyesopen. his body superimposed from. threedeof Peter's a symbol of epinials.

Thetwo other plaques each showa singleeventfollowing theResurrection: thetwowomen at the tombof the risen Christ.4 hundred years laterthatChristianartists dared to showhim suffering asa man. It is anelaborate domed structure with an entrance framed by columns andclosed with doorssculpted with the Raising ofLazarus and amourningwoman. TheBritish Museum. Above. reachesout to touch Christ's side.(37H8in. Width 9. The resurrected Christappears to hisapostles in theSnal plaque. The first scene is arranged schematically. Theivories are amongthe most accomplishedRoman worksof the Theodosian period (about 380450). who. London. Three of theother tenapostles present in theGospel storygazewonderingly at Christ. withsleeping guards flanking theopendoors of the tomb. The plaques arebeautifully andelegantly worked in high relief. and.doubting him.6-23.below.. Thetomb doesnot represent theactual burial cave butthe rotunda builtoverthe sitein Jerusalem in thefourth century. who are"stacked" on eitherside withoutregard to perspective. All attention is concentrated on the empty tomb.. Thereflective mood is reinforcedby the ambiguous spatial relationship of thefour Egures.. standing on a daisand showinghis woundsto the apostle Thomas.the figures arerealistically conceived. the women contemplateChrist'sdisappearance.8cm.).Christ appearing to his apostles. with graceful draperies. 4-7 71 . Although the headsare unnaturally large. 56.

72 . during 29 1286.Bothillustrations (Matthew Jericho menfrom twoblind who David. atHerod's to Salome platter are 20: 30-34). Bibliotheque Height: thesixthcentury. tionale. illustration.Isaiah(at the rightof the eventsportrayed tellingthe Christian the eyesof the blindshallbe said. intothefigural by aredescribed of theEgures Thedraperies andjewelry.luxurious manusctipt's in Syria Antioch city like in a major commission asanimperial production Na29.(115/8 in. shades in various brushstrokes rapid The shading.thefaces pointto its illumination andskillful format. grec.andyellow.red. cod."Then scene).Thelavish (Isaiah opened" thedecoration and robes.10r.5cm. Thisfragmentary TheGreek Matthew. prophets bytheOldTestament flanked asforewereinterpreted which prophecies. areillustrated twopages of which manuscript.). in thedetail shown of thepage at thebottom has ( theroofof which bodyin prison bend overhisdecapitated theright ona head John's hands a servant ). style. while viewing forbetter removed been the Christ heals attheright Onthepage feast. brown and beige. areenlivened bywhite.suppl. Moses. stained ) arepainted 14:3-12 (Matthew John theBaptist of Saint thedeath from at Thetwodisciples above. and King Isaiah.Scenes bylawforimperial reserved color anexpensive purple. of Saint theGospel from leaves forty-three contains thathasbeen of goldinkon vellum in letters written textis beautifully use. 62. fols.here. Paris.for example. bypink. healing over useof goldforthetextis carried 35:5). tunic of David's highlighted of blue. Christ's inthehaloes. withtheir written holdscrolls here.

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sinceit wasfoundat ancient Emesa( modern Homs) .likemost jects discovered withit.right ). wasprobably made in Constantinople. reflecting theincreasingly Originally susportrayal of holy Egures in theseventh century. withburning inpended by silver chains. thecenser wasISlled It wasfound in cense and swung byadeacon during theliturgy.the Virgin. is shaped like Theunusual lamp. theVirgin. Among the mostbeautiful silvervesselsof Early tian craftsmanship is the handsome vase below. dated by its imperial stamps years602-610. a clerestory.Here Christis shown withabook. and among Constantine's in Rome. of theobCyprus in thelatenineteenth century but. andapostles gazeoutof theirmedallions iconic more remote and hieratic way.hisrighthand raised inblessing. withanarcaded nave. in a Christ.archangels. were to theLateran Basilica. Ten apsewiththebishop's throne in place behind meant to branches in theform of dolphins terminate in rings of Early holdglasscups.Chris82-84. Thevasewasprobably usedto holdthe sacramental winein anearly Syrian church. and thealtar. is PaulandathisleftPeter.Lesselegant thantheEgures on theHomsvase.Subtly modeled andelegantly thesefigures exemplify the revival of classical formandtastein the Justinianic period. At hisright posed. and apostles. simpleand bustsof chastein its contours andwith exquisitely embossed Christ. a semicircular abasilica. found in a tomb inAlgeria. Similarly arresting arethe bustportraits on the silverhexato the gonalcenser(below. theStstchurch hebuilt as "dolsilver chandeliers whose lamp-holders weredesctibed 94 . Dolphins werea distinctive feature gifts Christian lamps and chandeliers.

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