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Pharaoh's Daughter

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Description: Early Christian and Byzantine Art
The earliest Christian vault and wall mosaics so far discovered are in a small mausoleum not far from the tomb of St Peter on the Vatican hill. The mausoleum was built towards the end of the second century for the Julii family, but the mosaics probably date from the middle of the third century and the subjects represented are a curious mixture of pagan and Christian symbolism. On the walls and ceiling of the tomb the luxuriant vine of Dionysos has become the True Vine of Christ. On the north …
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Related print edition pages: pp.19-55

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