Art History Chapter Seven Jewish, Early Christian, and Byzantine Art
Old Saint Peters Basilica Old Saint Peters Church was build as a protector to Saint Peters remains, his tomb. The church was replaced in the sixteenth century. Our knowledge of Old Saint Peters Church is based off of what people had written of it and pictures drawn of it before it was torn down.
The Good Shepherd Mosaic The Good Shepherd was a figure that represented Christ, the Shepherd, and His followers, the sheep. It was a concept of how Christ takes care of His people as a shepherd takes care of his flock.
Archangel Michael Diptych of the Archangel Michael carved in ivory in the early 6 th century. Michael was the divine messenger.
Symbols of Christianity The dove is a symbol of purity, peace, and the Holy Spirit. The fish was one of the earliest symbols of Christ because the first letters of Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior (JCSGS) spell the Greek word for fish. The lamb symbolizes Christs sacrifice because lambs were traditionally sacrificial animals while flocks of sheep represent Christians, Christs followers. The Cross represents Christs suffering and triumph of the Crucifixion and Resurrection.