Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art (Kimbell Art Museum, 2007)

Official description: The Kimbell Art Museum presented Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art, a landmark exhibition of the earliest works of art illustrating the Old and New Testaments, from November 18, 2007, to March 30, 2008. Developed and organized by the Kimbell (its exclusive venue), and guest-curated by Dr. Jeffrey Spier of the University of Arizona, this highly important exhibition drew upon recent research and new discoveries to tell the story of how the earliest Christians first gave visual expression to their religious beliefs.

A spectacular display of many of the greatest treasures of early Christianity from around the world, Picturing the Bible included major loans from the Vatican, the Bargello and the Laurentian Library in Florence, the British Museum, the Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and a number of other international institutions. A landmark event both for scholarship on the Early Christian era and for the broader appreciation of this crucial period in world history, this exhibition was the first major review of third- to sixth-century Christian art since The Age of Spirituality at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1977. There have been many important advances in scholarship since then, as well as a considerable number of new archaeological discoveries, all of which this exhibition fully reassessed.

Spier, Jeffrey. Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2009. [Limited Access. Professor Hostetler owns a physical copy, or you can find one on Consort.]