Early Christian Art showcased in Venice

An new exhibit, Early Christian Art Between Rome and Byzantium, will showcase over 90 works from twenty Italian museums at the Intesa San Paolo's Palazzo Leoni Montanari. The show runs until November 18, 2007.

The art celebrates the stylised simplicity of the art which turned its back on earlier, classical styles. "Once they got the imperial thumbs up from Constantine's 313 AD edict making Christianity a state religion they really came into their own, breaking with decadent and declining Hellenistic art," said curators Fabrizio Visconti and Giovanni Gentili.