EARLY CHRISTIAN PAINTER, Italian
(active in 2nd century in Rome)

Ceiling decoration

2nd century
Fresco
Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter, Rome

The Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter are ancient catacombs situated on the 3rd mile of the ancient Via Labicana, today Via Casilina in Rome, Italy, near the church of Santi Marcellino e Pietro ad Duas Lauros. Their name refers to the Christian martyrs Marcellinus and Peter who, according to tradition, were buried here, near the body of St Tiburtius.

The picture shows a detail of the ceiling fresco in the catacombs. It depicts the Good Shepherd in the centre and scenes from the life of Jonah in the axes of the cross. The areas in between are decorated with images of men and women in prayer.