Christian Art and Architecture: The First 1000 Years

During the formative centuries of Christianity, art and architecture played an important role in conveying the ideas and messages of the new faith. We will track how Christian art evolved from its modest beginnings as symbols, catacomb paintings and home-based chapels, to the creation of imposing buildings, sumptuously decorated books, richly carved stone crosses and exquisite liturgical objects in precious materials. We’ll explore different approaches to art and architecture in the Roman, Byzantine, Coptic, Celtic and Anglo-Saxon worlds. Prepare to be amazed!

Catacombs of Priscilla, Rome, c. 260. Source.

Jonah Cast Up, c. 280-290. Source.

Red Monastery, Egypt, 4th century. Source.

San Vitale, Ravenna, 527-548. Source.

Anglo-Saxon Gold Cross, England, c. 650 CE. Source.
Book of Kells, c. 800. Source.