Ancient Art

Baptistery wall painting: Christ Healing the Paralytic

ca. A.D. 232

Paint on plaster

145 x 88 cm (57 1/16 x 34 5/8 in.)
Yale-French Excavations at Dura-Europos
Syrian, Dura-Europos
Roman (3rd century A.D.)
Not on view

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


Carl H. Kraeling and C. Bradford Welles, The Excavations at Dura-Europos (New Haven, Conn.: Dura-Europos Publications, 1967), 57–61, fig. 5 is a drawing from a tracing of Christ, pls. 18 (color), 25, 34, 35 (tracing), 38:1 (detail), 38:2 (field photograph), fig. 5.

Ann Perkins, The Art of Dura-Europos, 1st ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1973), 52–55, pl. 18 left, ill.

Clark Hopkins, The Discovery of Dura-Europos, ed. Bernard Goldman (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Press, 1979), 90–91, 112, ill.

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. 5.

Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Dura-Europos: Crossroads of Antiquity (Boston: McMullen Museum of Art, 2011), 334, no. 19, pl. 19.

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), 46, no. 22, fig. 2–8.

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

Per Ingesman and Nils Arne Pedersen, Kirkens Historie, 2 vols. (Copenhagen: Hans Reitzels Forlag, 2012), 116, Dura-Europos in detail pps. 113–118 Drawing of the house church, fig. 3.6, reconstruction of the baptistery at Yale University Art Gallery, fig. 3.7 , fig. 3.8.

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