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The Adoration of the Magi: Images from Two Sarcophagi, Rome Above is section of a early Christian sarcophagus originally located in the catacombs of Rome and now in the Pio Christiano section of the Vatican Museums. It depicts the Magi bearing gifts for the Christ-child. They wear what the Romans...

Mosaic with Christ, Vatican Necropolis, Rome, 3rd century A splendid mosaic found in a mausoleum near the burial place of St. Peter. It shows Christians adapting pagan imagery and mythology to convey the mystery of Christ. In its pagan form, this is an image of the sun god, Helios. The...

Christ in Majesty from St. Sernin in Toulouse, c. 1096 This image of Christ in Majesty, beautifully wrought in stone, shows us the mystery of Christ’s present existence: the heavens, framed by the mandorla, have been opened to allow us to see Christ in his heavenly glory. His right hand emerges...