This lesson discusses the earliest representations of Jesus Christ in art.
Image of Christ as Sol Invictus, Mausoleum of the Julii, Rome, Public Domain, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Christus_Sol_Invictus.jpeg; Image of Christ the Good Shepherd from Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, Public Domain, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Good_shepherd_01.jpg; Image of Christ the Good Shepherd, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna, Creative Commons, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Meister_des_Mausoleums_der_Galla_Placidia_in_Ravenna_002.jpg;
Attempt of union between differing or opposing practices in religion or philosophy.
A type of visual symbolism. Christian iconography for instance, might make references to the biblical story of the nativity.