The Art of Empire: Christian Art in Its Imperial Context

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In recent years, art historians such as Johannes Deckers (Picturing the Bible, 2009) have argued for a significant transition in fourth- and fifth-century images of Jesus following the conversion of Constantine. Broadly speaking, they perceive the image of a peaceful, benevolent shepherd transformed into a powerful, enthroned Jesus, mimicking and mirroring the dominance and authority of the emperor. The powers of church and state are thus conveniently synthesized in such a potent image. This deeply rooted position assumes that ante-pacem images of Jesus were uniformly humble while post-Constantinian images exuded the grandeur of power and glory.

The Art of Empire contends that the art and imagery of Late Antiquity merits a more nuanced understanding of the context of the imperial period before and after Constantine. The chapters in this collection each treat an aspect of the relationship between early Christian art and the rituals, practices, or imagery of the Empire, and offer a new and fresh perspective on the development of Christian art in its imperial background.

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Lee M. Jefferson is assistant professor of religion at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky. He is author of Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art (Fortress Press, 2014) and various journal articles on Christian art including entries in Studia Patristica and Religion and the Arts. His area of interest is the development of the Christian tradition and art and imagery of Late Antiquity. He is a recipient of the Shohet Scholar Award from the International Catacomb Society.

Robin M. Jensen is the Patrick O'Brien Professor of Theology at the University of Notre Dame. She is the author of Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity: Ritual, Visual, and Theological Dimensions (2012); Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism (2011); Face to Face: Portraits of the Divine in Early Christianity (Fortress Press, 2004); Understanding Early Christian Art (2000); and coauthor (with J. Patout Burns) of Christianity in Roman Africa (2014).

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