Skip to comments.Oldest Icon of St. Paul Discovered
Posted on 06/28/2009 11:54:12 AM PDT by Mighty_Quinn
Oldest known icon of St. Paul discovered!
Oldest known icon of St. Paul discovered!
Wow. He kinda looks evil.
Just the “artist’s” rendition.
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In the apocryphal book “Acts of Paul and Thecla,” I believe there is a description of Paul.
I’ll see if I can find it.
Ah ... Here it is:
And he saw Paul coming, a man little of stature, thin-haired upon the head, crooked in the legs, of good state of body, with eyebrows joining and nose somewhat hooked, full of grace; for sometimes he appeared like a man, and sometime he had the face of an angel.
Acts of Paul and Thecla
Looks like John Calvin. Hmmm.
Looks like a pizza.
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Okay, that was funny.
ROME (Reuters) - Vatican archaeologists using laser technology have discovered what they believe is the oldest image in existence of St Paul the Apostle, dating from the late 4th century, on the walls of catacomb beneath Rome.
Vatican newspaper Osservatore Romano, revealing the find on Sunday, published a picture of a frescoed image of the face of a man with a pointed black beard on a red background, inside a bright yellow halo. The high forehead is furrowed.
Experts of the Ponitifical Commission for Sacred Archaeology made the discovery on June 19 in the Catacomb of Santa Tecla in Rome and describe it as the "oldest icon in history dedicated to the cult of the Apostle," according to the Vatican newspaper.
The discovery, which involved removing layers of clay and limestone using lasers, was announced a day before Rome observes a religious holiday for the Feasts of St Peter and St Paul.
Peter and Paul are revered by Christians as the greatest early missionaries. Converting on the road to Damascus following a blinding vision of Jesus, Paul took the Gospel to pagan Greeks and Romans and met his martyrdom in Rome in about 65 AD.
Early Christians in Rome buried their dead in catacombs dug into the soft rock under the city and decorated the underground walls with devotional images, often in the Pompeian style.
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Ha ha! I just looked that over again. Paul had a unibrow!
That is so cool. Our church’s history is so amazing.
Looks like Shakespeare...
Was this in Fr. Guido Sarducci’s gossip column?
Rome Catacomb Reveals “Oldest” Image Of St Paul
Reuters | June 28, 2009
Posted on 06/28/2009 3:06:32 PM PDT by Steelfish
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Wow! Amazing. Thanks for sharing.
Another proof that Orthodox icons are portraits.
“Was this in Fr. Guido Sarduccis gossip column?”
Now, when you smokeda marijuana ...
That is truly amazing.
The Orthodox iconographic tradition has been interrupted by the iconoclast heresy, and the iconographic tradition in the West was never particularly strong. This is why the images of Christ in the catacombs, while the earliest, depict Him as a shaven Roman patrician, clearly a product of the artist’s imagination. The images of Christ in the Orthodox icons from that period did not survive. However, the canonical iconographic image of Christ, while not as ancient on the icons that survived (the earliest is 6c), matches the Shroud of Turin. We have to conclude that the iconographers worked from prior sources that began as portraits that were corrected by those who remembered how Jesus, Mary and the Apostles looked. The image of St. Paul, evidently, is also a portrait. Some features are stylized, to be sure, but the overall construction of the face is portraitically correct.
It is not much different from the manner in which the oral tradition was subsequently transformed into written Gospels.
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