Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Oldest Image of the Apostles Found

On this, the Feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, I thought it appropriate to post this bit of news from the BBC:

Art restorers in Italy have discovered what are believed to be the oldest paintings of some of Jesus Christ's apostles.

The faces of Apostles Andrew, John, Peter and Paul were uncovered using new laser technology in a catacomb in Rome.

The paintings date from the second half of the 4th Century or the early 5th Century, the restorers and Vatican officials believe.

The images may have influenced later depictions of Christ's early followers.

'Very emotional'

"These are the first images that we know of the faces of these four apostles," said Fabrizio Bisconti, head of archaeology for Rome's numerous Vatican-owned catacombs.

Read the rest here.


Anonymous said...

Is Peter the tallest?

Sister Mary Agnes said...

For more information I found this article. It has 2 photographs that are better than this one, and a little more detail about the images.