In 235, people found the painting carved on the wall of Dura Europos Church and identified it as one of the earliest depictions of Jesus. The painting, titled “Healing of the Paralytic”, depicts Jesus as a young man with a beardless face, short and curly hair, wearing a waist-length dress and sandals. In the picture, He is helping a disabled man heal both physical and mental suffering.
Jesus is helping a disabled man heal both physical and spiritual suffering.
In the 4th century, many people knew of the portrait depicting Jesus with long hair and a beard face. Inspired by ancient Greek and Roman gods, the work of Marcellinus and Peter is one of the most widely known adult versions of Jesus.
By the 5th century, the mosaic “The Good Shepherd” found in the tomb of Galla Placidia reproduces the image of Jesus with bold ancient Roman nuances. Once again he appeared with a face without beard, but more specifically, with a halo behind his back and attire in regal colors.