Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism Video


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What was the earliest Christian symbol?

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1. What kind of artwork was found in early Christian catacombs?

2. Which of the following is NOT one of the ways that early Christian mosaics differed from earlier Roman mosaics?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

There are several factors that contributed to the hidden development of Christian art in the first few centuries following the death of Jesus Christ. This quiz and worksheet combo will assess your understanding of Christian symbolism, the location of early artwork, the influence of Roman mosaics, and the development of illuminations in the early days of Christian art.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment you will be tested on the following:

  • Christian symbolism
  • Location of the earliest Christian art
  • Difference(s) between Roman and Christian mosaics
  • Art of illumination
  • Lack of monumental sculpture in early Christian art

Skills Practiced

This assessment will help you with the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related western civilization lesson
  • Knowledge application - use what you have learned to identify the location of the earliest Christian art
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the history of early Christian art

Additional Learning

For more information about Christian art, review the lesson titled Early Christian Art: History, Characteristics & Symbolism. This lesson will help you understand:

  • How early Christian art began as a underground movement
  • The role of the Edict of Milan and Constantine in the development of Christian art
  • The development of sarcophagi and the spread of mosaics
  • How the bound codex led to the illuminated manuscript