Sheila Hoffman on Christian Symbols
Sheila Hoffman says she is, "A female Robert Langdon (minus the tweed) with a museum fetish and a passion for all things archeo-religious. A curatorial-jedi and tech padawan. A sci-fi geek and early music enthusiast. A budding runner and...
Legends, Fictions, and the Manuscripts that Illustrate Christ's Story
September 22, 2011, The Getty Center Illuminated manuscripts from the Middle Ages are significant for the literary texts they preserve. But they are also important, historically and culturally, for their illustrations of the life of Christ...
Egyptian Mummified Ibis
A mummified ibis bird from the Greco-Roman period. (Egyptian Museum, Castello Sforzesco, Milan)
Ivory Pyxis Depicting Saint Menas
This ivory pyxis (round box) shows the saint Menas with camels. His shrine near Alexandria in Egypt was a popular pilgrim site in the Byzantine Empire. Menas, an Egyptian soldier, was executed by Emperor Diocletian (reigned 284-305 CE) for...
Mosaic Floor from a Villa at Hinton St. Mary
This is the central roundel of a 4th century CE mosaic floor from a villa at Hinton St. Mary, Dorset. It is one of the most important early Christian remains from the Roman Empire. The roundel is probably the earliest known mosaic picture...
Ancient Cross Carving at Echmiadzin Cathedral
Ancient Christian cross carving in the wall at Echmiadzin Cathedral, which is located in Echmiadzin, Armenia. (The cathedral is currently under reconstruction.) According to many art historians, it is the world's oldest Christian cathedral...
Statue of the Norwegian King Olaf Tryggvason (r. 995–1000 CE) located in the city of Trondheim in Norway. Olaf is usually seen as having played an important part in the conversion of Norse to Christianity.
Jesus Christ Pantokrator
The oldest known icon depicting Jesus Christ (6th century) in Saint Catherine's Monastery, Egypt.
The Last Judgement by Giotto
The Last Judgement by the Italian artist Giotto (b. 1267 or 1277 - d. 1337 CE). The scene is part of a cycle of frescoes showing the life of the Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ. Scrovegni Chapel (aka Arena Chapel) in Padua, northern Italy. From...
The Last Supper
The Last Supper, oil on panel (c. 1562) by Joan de Joanes (1510–1579). Prado Museum.