Good Shephard

Good Shephard

Movement Early Christian

Located at Mausoleum of Galla PlacidiaRavenna, Italy

 

Artists had begun, at this point, to depict Christ in his fully realized form, as opposed to generic symbols. Here, he dons imperial symbols of authority: the nimbus, gold robs and purple scarf. Still seen as the Good Shepherd, he is surrounded by a flock of sheep in a natural enough landscape; however, with the use of gold, the artists have given this scene a heavenly, out of this world feel.