The first evidence of Christian art is found in the Catacombs. During the times of persecution, various symbols such as fish and loaves were painted on the walls of these secret places.7 These were places where early Christians gathered and where the church leaders (clergy) were buried.8 The primary purpose of these pictures was to convey the stories of the gospels and to portray their inner meaning.9

4 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 137
5 Mahmoud Zibawi. The Icon: Its Meaning and History. (Collegeville: The Liturgical Press, 1993), p. 79
6 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 86.
7 Zibawi, 1993, p. 79.
8 Ouspensky, 1992, p. 38.
9 Ibid. p. 27.