Fisherman, in Christian Art

Fisherman, in Christian Art

By this emblem our Lord and his disciples are frequently depicted on ancient monuments. The net is more rarely represented than the hook and line; but the net of St. Peter, with the Lord fishing with the line, is a device of the papal signets. At San Zenone, in Verona, the patron saint is thus represented, and this subject, with those of Abraham's sacrifice, Noah's ark, and others, on the bronze doors and marble front of that, most important church, are specially valuable as connecting the earlier Lombard carvings with the most ancient and scriptural subjects of primitive church-work. This symbol, like the vine, is adopted from pagan decorations, which, of course, proves its antiquity.

 
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