32. Art

  1. Stephen Westerholm
  1. Robin M. Jensen

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch32

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

The Blackwell Companion to Paul

How to Cite

Jensen, R. M. (2011) Art, in The Blackwell Companion to Paul (ed S. Westerholm), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395778.ch32

Editor Information

  1. McMaster University, Canada

Author Information

  1. Vanderbilt University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 29 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405188449

Online ISBN: 9781444395778



  • the legacy of Paul - and art;
  • his treatise The Trinity, Augustine's assertion - that one could love that which could not be seen or grasped, God, in particular;
  • Paul with capsa, Catacomb of Domitilla, Rome;
  • narrative scenes of Paul with Peter - standard depictions of Peter and Paul, in early Christian art;
  • Paul's inclusion in the composition - a slightly different option, his placement on Christ's right;
  • Jesus enthroned with apostles - Basilica of Sta. Pudenziana, Rome, ca. 400;
  • Arrest and martyrdom - although the New Testament, saying nothing about the deaths of Paul and Peter;
  • portraits of Paul without Peter, fewer early Christian images - showing Paul by himself, without Peter or other saints or apostles;
  • later Eastern Christian icons of Paul - representing him in the ancient manner, with a high forehead, receding hairline, long narrow face and beard;
  • other Pauline narrative scenes - other narrative art, depicting Paul without Peter


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Portraits of Paul and Peter Together

  • Narrative Scenes of Paul with Peter

  • Portraits of Paul without Peter

  • Other Pauline Narrative Scenes

  • The Cult of Paul in Rome and the Basilica of San Paolo fuori le Mura

  • References