Religion in ancient rome

Though Christianity is now the leading religion in Rome if not, then all of Italy it had not always been the case. Prior to the days of Christianity ruling in Rome people would even be put to death if they would not consider the emperor as a god. In the next 8 images of art pieces of paintings, to drawings, to sculptures you will see just how different artists possibly from different time periods portrayed religion just about a similar way in Ancient Rome. All images lie somewhere around the same line, whether there is an item in the art piece that is sculpted out in an architectural form which can only appear to be Roman to an art piece where the artist has portrayed a passage from the Bible and has created his version of what he sees using Roman characters. Though some artist have chosen topics that appear to be more serious such as that of the painting of a recovering-from-death Saint Sebastian where the widow Irene is nursing him since he had been shot for being a Christian in Rome. To the unknown sculptor of the Early Christian sarcophagus which greatly showed 5 scenes from Early Christianity on a side of a marble sarcophagus. All art pieces connect on the same topic which is Religion in Ancient Rome since that is undoubtedly what they are all about.

This bronze sculpture originates from Rome, Italy around the year 1674 and was beautifully crafted by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, the leading sculptor of his age. It is under the title of “The Risen Christ” because in 1673 Bernini was ordered by the Pope to design figures of the twelve apostles and the Risen Christ to crown a chapel in Basilica.
At around the 1800s the Spanish painter Vicente Lopez y Portaña finishes his oil painting of Saint Sebastian being tended by Irene. When Saint Sebastian got caught as a Christian he was immediately shot with arrows by Romans where later the Roman widow Irene nursed him back to health. In this image you can see as Irene carefully extracts an arrow from Sebastian’s right knee.
At around 360 A.D this marble sarcophagus was once owned by Peter Paul Rubens (a painter.) There are five scenes in the painting which supposedly are derived from the New Testament. In the first niche it shows Christ reviving a widow’s son. The second niche portrays Saint Peter being handed over the keys of heaven by Christ next to a scene where Christ heals a woman from severe bleeding. The fourth niche is of Christ healing again, this time it is of two blind men. Finally the last noche shows a Roman centurion coming to Christ to heal his servant.
Italian painter Lorenzo Lotto creates this oil painting in 1522 where Saint Jerome is shown simply with a crucifix on the far left side. Saint Nicholas is dressed in black and holding lilies which glow of sacred radiance. The coffin where Christ is standing upon represents his future conquest over death since it seems unusual.
The Martyrdom of Saint Pontianus is a panel made in 1612 where his depiction refers to Rome in the third century where he was persecuted as a martyr and heated to death. He is shown remaining true to his Catholic faith and suffers believing in his religion.
Sandro Botticelli makes this painting around the year 1482 with the theme being the Life of Christ and the New Testament. The Magi means the wise men whom at the time were highly praised in Rome for having honoured the infant Christ the day he was birthed.
Michelangelo Buonarroti draws this originally as a design for an altarpiece for a chapel around 1550. This woman is told by an angel that she will birth a son… and a bear. While this, on her side is the Virgin raising a protective hand over to the woman. At the time this drawing was labeled as a new thing which is now known as religious art.
Around the year 1500 Andrea Mantegna paints women leading Christ to Calvary, though this does not necessarily take place in Rome Mantegna wad known for his interest in the civilisation of ancient Rome, this of which we can see in the Roman-type sarcophagus on which Christ rests with the angels.
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