Interpreting how God and at last Christ are portrayed in early Christian paintings, Jensen explores questions of the connection among artwork and theology, conflicts over idolatry and iconography, and the way the Christological controversies affected the portrayals of Christ. seeing that a lot of this artwork comes from historic Rome, she areas her research within the context of the background of Roman portraiture. 100 pictures improve the dialogue.

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