Courtesy of Pontificia Commissione di Archeologia Sacra, Vatican City The Good Shepherd, Catacomb of Saints Pietro and Marcellino Elexia Walton Nick Poskey James Traylor The Good Shepherd, Catacomb of Saints Pietro and Marcellino . Most of the Good Shepherd images in catacomb paintings and in sculptures portray a young Roman shepherd with a sheep flung over his shoulders. This piece was inspired by the parable of the lost sheep.Its shape forms the symbol of Christ's crucifixion, death, It is believed that Christians got… Catacomb of Saints Peter and Marcellinus, Rome, Italy, wall painting, Christ as Good Shepherd, story of Jonah, and orants. Good Shepherd Symbol. Narcissus, in Greek mythology a hunter renowned for his beauty, falls in love with his own reflection in the water. Thus the motif of the Good Shepherd also represents an Old Testament prophecy that is fulfilled in Jesus. The Good Shepherd fresco at the catacombs of Saints Pietro and Maarcellino in Rome, for instance, depicts Jesus Christ as the Good Shepherd. Full sarcophagus. "In the catacombs, frescoes ornament both the places used for burial and the rooms in which people could congregate. The Good Shepherd, Orants, And The Story Of Jonah is a painted ceiling in the Catacomb of Saint Peter and Marcellinus, Rome done in the fourth century and The Good Shepherd is a mosaic at the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Ravenna in the fifth century. The paintings consisted of pagan, Jewish, and Christian scenes. Artists would try to take symbols that may have been pagan or that represented something non-Christian to make it have a more significant meaning. Also very popular is the Good Shepherd, a symbol of Christ's care for his sheep ("I am the Good Shepherd," John 10:11). Both of these works of art depict a change in the Good Shepherd in the time frame of one century. Figure 6: “The Good Sheperd,” painted ceiling in the catacomb of SS. The Good Shepherd fresco in the Catacombs of Priscilla (Rome) and dated to c. 225 CE. As a shepherd, Jesus Christ leads the sheep into the right path, just as Christians believe the Son of God capable of steering man into the right path. Detail of the central shepherd from the intricately carved marble Sarcophagus of the Good Shepherd , Catacomb of Praetextatus, Rome, 390s AD. The Good Shepherd 100-200 AD Artist unknown Catacomb of Priscilla, Rome, Italy Fresco Dimensions unknown Christian art began as symbolic and humble holding many metaphors. Catacomb of Marcellinus and Peter. Good Shepherd Sculpture— Catacomb of Domitilla c. 325 AD. The Good Shepherd, fresco 250–300 BC AD. Rome, Italy. Pietro e Marcellino, Rome, beginning of 4th century AD. The Good Shepherd around 200 Fresco Catacombs of Priscilla, Rome: The Catacombs of Priscilla on the Via Salaria in Rome are situated in a quarry that during Roman time was used for burials.