Città del Vaticano, Roma: Pontificio Istituto di Archeologia Cristiana, 1929-1932-1936. First edition. Hardcover. Folio (19 x 14"). XVI, 194pp (vol. 1, part 1); X, pp (Title and Index), 158 leaves (plates) numbered I-CLVIII (1-158) (vol. 1, part 2); X, 22, -381, pp (vol. 2, part 1); VIIIpp (Title and Index), 108 leaves (plates) numbered CLIX-CCLXVI (159-266) (vol. 2, part 2); VIII, 75, pp (Text), 34 leaves (plates) numbered CCLXVII-CCC (267-300) (vol. 3). Original olive cloth with brown lettering to front covers. Publisher's device on each title page.
Wilpert's monumental and comprehensive study of early Christian sarcophagi and funerary art was published as a fitting sequel to his earlier work: "Die Malereien der Katacomben Roms*" (The Paintings in the Catacombs of Rome*). Early Christians were receptive to the use of imagery and were predisposed by the art of their neighbors. Thus, the author traces the development of early Christian art and demonstrates that Christian images arose from their Greco-Roman environment. The striking b/w photographic reproductions show Christian sarcophagi from the mid-second century through the sixth century, with stunning images and symbols carved into marble or stone, depending upon materials available and the wealth of the patron. The images and symbols splendidly reproduced in the 300 plates show how art and imagery conveyed theological concepts and reflected historical circumstances pertinent to the growth of Christianity.
Ex-library copy, with sticker at tail of spines, bookplate on inside of each front board, and pocket at verso of back covers. Minor and sporadic soiling to bindings. Some foxing to endpapers. Closed tear on page VII/VIII of second volume (part 2). Text in Italian. Bindings in overall good to good+, interior in good+ to very good, plates in very good condition. vg. Item #39742
* A monumental two-volume set cataloguing the paintings from the catacombs of Rome. This work, published in 1903, remains one of the best resources for this material. (See our inventory # 39752).