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Title:Catacomb of Callixtus - The Good Shepherd

The Catacomb of Callixtus was built along the Appian Way, probably by Pope Calixtus in the early third century. As Christianity became prominent, catacomb remains were moved to churches and catacombs fell into disuse.

"In the catacomb of Callixtus, dating from the middle of the third century, the Good Shepherd appears again with delicate modelling of form, face, and drapery. Shepherds were common enough as garden figures in pagan villas; they represented a romantic ideal of the bucolic way of life and the more solid merit of good husbandry and economy, but they could equally well be adapted to Christian symbolism. [John Beckwith, "Early Christian and Byzantine Art, Volume 1979." Yale University Press, 1979, p. 21.]

Date:3rd century
Building:Cimitero di Callisto (Rome, Italy)

Scripture:John 10:11-18
Lectionary links:BEast04
General Subject:Catacomb
Good Shepherd

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Attribution:Catacomb of Callixtus - The Good Shepherd, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. [retrieved July 20, 2024]. Original source:
Record Number:54382 Last Updated: 2021-08-07 11:36:38 Record Created: 2010-10-15 11:08:35
Institution:Vanderbilt University Collection: Art in the Christian Tradition

Bibliographic Source:Lion Companion to Christian Art
Author:Brown, Michelle
Publisher:Oxford: Lion