St. Augustine. Lateran Fresco, by an Unknown Artist, late 6th cent. CE
St. Augustine. Lateran Fresco, by an Unknown Artist, late 6th cent. CE.
The so-called Lateran Fresco in Rome is the earliest surviving representation of St. Augustine, dating from the mid-sixth century. The image blends the symbolism of pagan Rome with the new authority of the church. Augustine is shown teaching from a book, almost certainly the Bible, holding his right hand in a pose conventional for Classical Roman orators.
Image in Public Domain.