Triumph of Christianity
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Triumph of Christianity (also known as Triumph of the Cross) is a ceiling painting in the Sala di Constantino, one of the Raphael Rooms in the Apostolic Palace, painted by Tommaso Laureti (1530-1602). Images like this celebrate the destruction of ancient pagan culture and the victory of Christianity. The painting depicts an ancient statue of the god Mercury lying broken on the ground.
The fresco is in the largest of the four Raphael Rooms, the Sala di Costantino ("Hall of Constantine"). Its paintings were not begun until Pope Julius and indeed, Raphael himself had died. The room is dedicated to the victory of Christianity over paganism. Its frescoes represent this struggle from the life of the Roman Emperor Constantine.
- Christianity and Paganism
- Early Christianity
- History of Christianity