EARLY CHRISTIAN ART
During the 3rd and 4th centuries, people started to reject the idea of polytheism and turned to monotheism. The art that was produced during this time is important as a foundation for art and architecture of the Medieval Ages. Though, the man, Jesus, lived about 2000 years ago, there are no known artworks depicting Jesus until 200-250 CE when a standardized image is decided upon. The first images appeared in the catacombs
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Late Antiquity Key Ideas
•Christianity starts as an underground religion, as the pagan religion of the Romans was still the majority.
•Earliest works can be found in catacombs or on sarcophagi •Architecture: mostly basilicas or centrally planned building •Founded by Jesus Christ in the early 1st century
•Early leaders/popes were martyred such as St. Peter •Early Christians were persecuted by the Roman Empire but given restitution of property in 313 with the Edict of Milan.
•Constantine is the single most advocator for the Christian faith, often favoring them in political positions and patronizing religious buildings. He was officially converted on his death bed .