Sculpture: Jonah & the Shepherd

Some art discoveries enrich and expand the work of a great individual; others can illuminate a whole period. The latter is the case with a group of eastern Mediterranean sculptures dating, scholars believe, from the late 3rd or early 4th century, and going on view next week at the Cleveland Museum of Art (see color page). Apart from their superb craftsmanship and miraculously undamaged state, what makes these marbles exciting is that they are among the earliest Christian statuary known. Their subjects are two favorite Biblical figures: the Good Shepherd and the...

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