Early Jewish and Christian artists assimilated imagery and forms from Roman culture and gave them new meanings. This process, something that we have seen throughout this semester, is a type of syncretism, or the blending of cultures and ideas from different places. Reflect on how this manifests in the artwork we looked at this week?
It’s interesting to see the syncretism between roman and this Christian art. Despite their varying beliefs, the art we looked at this week carries an abundant amount of Roman influence. The architecture is the most obvious, OLD SAINT PETER’S BASILICA displays the pillars of Roman time nicely. Additionally, the sculpture has a Romanesque flair. THE GOOD SHEPHERD, in particular, is dressed in attire reminiscent of Roman time.