What are the features of early Christian art?

The earliest Christian iconography tended to be symbolic. A simple rendering of a fish was sufficient to allude to Christ. Bread and wine invoked the Eucharist. During the 3rd and 4th centuries, in the catacomb paintings and in other manifestations, Christians began to adapt familiar pagan prototypes to new meanings.

What is the main theme of early Christian art?

The story of the Crucifixion and Resurrection would be part of the secrets of the cult. While not directly representing these central Christian images, the theme of death and resurrection was represented through a series of images, many of which were derived from the Old Testament that echoed the themes.

What were the major symbols in early Christian art?

Early Christian symbols
  • Cross and crucifix ✝︎
  • Ichthys.
  • Alpha and Omega.
  • Staurogram.
  • Chi Rho.
  • IH monogram.
  • IX monogram.

What is the elements of Christian art?

Images of Jesus and narrative scenes from the Life of Christ are the most common subjects, and scenes from the Old Testament play a part in the art of most denominations. Images of the Virgin Mary and saints are much rarer in Protestant art than that of Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy.