BeeHIve Publishing, Chicago Member Since September 2012 Artist Statement Due to the illegal status of the Christian Church and the secret life followers were forced to live, there is little significant Christian art from before the 4th century. Fortunately there are some sprinkled examples found in the subterranean cemeteries (catacombs) of Domitilla, Rome which provide us visual evidence of early Christian beliefs and Jesus' original image. Among these are frescoes, which are wall paintings done on fresh plaster.
One common image is the final communion meal shared between Jesus and his disciples. Scenes of the Last Supper, often disguised or intentionally ambiguous, were experienced as anticipation of the glorious banquet that awaited true believers in the next life. A beardless Christ in a toga, is characteristic of its time and place in a Roman world.