Destruction of Art

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Destruction of Art

From Brian K. Yoder

Published before 2005


Ann James Massey wrote:
Sorry, but mainly blaming the Christians for the loss of Roman and Greek paintings is a bit too easy. Though a lot of art (Greek and Roman included) has been lost through religious fervor, including various Christian groups, far more has been lost in fires, natural disasters, wars, looting, recycling and the ravages of time.

Of course there are many factors involved in such a widespread and prolonged era of destruction, but I have been in Rome personally and the signs of Christian efforts to erase the pagan artistic past are everywhere. It was many centuries later before they started making significant artistic contributions to the city. [...]

--Brian