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Students of early Christian art (and Roman-era art generally), as well as textual scholars and historians of early Christianity now have a valuable resource to survey the emergence and development of early Christian visual culture:  The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art, eds. Robin M. Jensen and Mark D. Ellison (London/New York:  Routledge, 2018).  The publisher’s online description, including table of contents is here.

The first sixteen chapters comprise discussions of the various media of early Christian art, including catacomb painting, sarcophagi, sculpture, wall mosaics, floor mosaics, gold-glass, engraved gems, ceramics, icons, ivories, textiles, silver, and illuminated manuscripts.  The remaining seven essays address various themes in early Christian art, including art and ritual, visual references to Jesus’ passion, miracles, Christianization of portraits, mosaics of Ravenna, the interest in early Christian art in sixteenth- and seventeen-century archaeology in Rome, and a concluding discussion of the terms “early,” “Christian,” and…

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