Ancient Art

Baptistery wall painting: Good Shepherd and Adam and Eve

ca. A.D. 232

Paint on plaster

130.81 x 153.67 cm (51 1/2 x 60 1/2 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
1932.1200
Culture: 
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Period: 
Roman (3rd century A.D.)
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
On view
Provenance: 

Excavated by the Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos, present-day Syria, 1928–37; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Bibliography: 

Michael I. Rostovtzeff, Professor Paul V. C. Baur, and Professor Alfred R. Bellinger, The Excavations at Dura-Europos, 9 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1929–44), 259–62, pls. 44, 49.

Carl H. Kraeling and C. Bradford Welles, The Excavations at Dura-Europos (New Haven, Conn.: Dura-Europos Publications, 1967), 5–54 (Good shepherd), 55–57 (Adam and Eve), fig. 4 (drawing, detail of sheep), pls.17 (color), 30, 31 (tracing), 32.1, 32.3 (tracing).

Clark Hopkins, The Discovery of Dura-Europos, ed. Bernard Goldman (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979), 90–91.

Katherine M Kiefer and Susan B. Matheson, Life in an Eastern Province: The Roman Fortress at Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1982), no. 1.

John Lowden, Early Christian and Byzantine Art (London: Phaidon Press, 1997).

Jennifer Chi and Sebastian Heath, eds., Edge of Empires: Pagans, Jews, and Christians at Roman Dura-Europos, exh. cat. (New York: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 2011), 44, no. 2–5.

Sebastian P. Brock, Gorgias Encyclopedic Dictionary of the Syriac Heritage (Piscataway, N.J.: Gorgias Press, 2011), 132.

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