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The Saga of Peter and Paul: Emblems of Catholic Identity in Christian Literature and Art

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The apostles Peter and Paul played a prominent role in the quest for Christian identity. From the time of the Christian Roman Empire, their images could have been viewed by many of the faithful on the grand scale of monumental mosaics, particularly if they lived in Rome. The images of Peter and Paul in the exhibition at the Kimbell Museum of Art were mostly on small objects, although some larger funerary monuments made their way to Fort Worth as well. This chapter discusses the dual appearance of Peter and Paul in early Christian texts and investigates the convergence of literary sources and images. Brotherly as the two apostles may appear in fourth-century imagery, their close connection forms a kind of historical and interpretative challenge, as does their dual appearance in Rome, not to mention their deaths as martyrs on the same day, as tradition has it.

Keywords: Christian art; literary sources; Paul; Peter; Roman Empire



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