Brescia Casket

Ananias and Sapphira Detail on the Brescia Casket, Ivory, fourth century CE, Museo di Santa Giulia, Brescia.

The Brescia Casket is an ivory reliquary box from the late fourth century, which is now in the Museo di Santa Giulia at San Salvatore in Brescia, Italy. The box is covered in carvings of thirty six biblical scenes. It is an important piece in the puzzle of early Christian iconography.

This detail shows the center back panel of Ananias and Sapphira. The story of Ananias and Sapphira is rarely shown in art. After this representation we see it again in the cartoons that Raphael drew for the Sistine chapel tapestries in the fifteenth century and again in the paintings of Ambrosius Francken the Elder in the sixteenth century.

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