This morning I headed to Fort Worth with Kelly (amid some torrential rain). They have an exhibit that will be leaving soon called "Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art." It was art work from the 4th century that demonstrated how the early Christians expressed their beliefs. There were some really neat pieces on loan from the Vatican, the British Museum, The Louvre, and Metropolitan. I learned a few things along the way as well, and it was neat to see how the church has developed, and the stories that early Christian's clung to as their faith and beliefs were tested. I've often seen and heard the traditional fish symbol, or icthus represents Christians, and Jesus who is the fisher of men. There was a section of pieces with this symbol on it, and they went on to explain that it is an acronym. The word meant fish in Greek, but each letter had a word connected as well which I didn't know. "Iesous Christos Theou Yios Soter" or in English "Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior." One of my favorite pieces on display was this cross from the Vatican that is said to have a piece from the cross Jesus carried in the center of it. When it leaves the Vatican the opened cross in the center where the wood rest has to be covered with black velvet.
The museum is a small one, but it has a lot of great exhibits in their 'every day' collection as well. It has also one some awards for this archetectrual design. www.kimbellart.org