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Lazarus

(1,965 words)

Author(s): Jefferson, Lee
From its inception, Christian art and its creators were interested in depicting the miracles of Jesus. As Christian art developed from the 3rd century CE forward, scenes from the New Testament that featured Jesus performing healings and miracles were the dominant theme. Since early Christian art during these centuries was created mostly in a funerary environment, either on catacomb walls or carved on sarcophagi friezes, some of the most popular subjects from this biblical genre featured Jesus ra…
Date: 2019-08-09

Jairus

(1,932 words)

Author(s): Jefferson, Lee
In the New Testament, Jairus appears in the Synoptic Gospels (Mark, Matthew, Luke) in the context of Jesus performing a miracle. Jairus is introduced as a synagogue leader who approaches Jesus in need of aid, claiming that his daughter is near death and requires some type of healing remedy. In the text, the focus is on the miracle that Jesus procures, pulling Jairus’ daughter back from death to life again. In early Christian art, the emphasis is similarly not on Jairus but on Jairus’ daughter an…
Date: 2019-08-09

Orans

(1,805 words)

Author(s): Jefferson, Lee
The Latin word orans literally means “prayer.” However, in terms of iconography, scholars utilize the term orant (or orante) to refer to the image of a praying person. The emphasis on featuring a person in the prayer position is not uncommon in non-Christian texts, even examples that predate the beginnings of Christian iconography. Virgil most notably highlights the dutiful piety of Aeneas in the Aeneid, particularly in Book 6 as he travels to the underworld. Aeneas honors and respects the gods in Virgil’s epic, and as Augustus was intentionally connected to…
Date: 2019-08-09