Arterie Fine Arts
2 Doves and The Olive Branch
Acrylic on Canvas
36" x 12"
Edgars Legzdins/Secret Art Society
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Early Christians portrayed baptism accompanied by a dove holding an olive branch in its beak and used the image on their sepulchres as an allegory of peace. The dove appears in many funerary inscriptions in the Roman catacombs, sometimes accompanied by the words in pace (Latin for "in peace"). For example, in the Catacomb of Callixtus, a dove and branch are drawn next to a Latin inscription NICELLA VIRCO DEI OVE VI XIT ANNOS P M XXXV DE POSITA XV KAL MAIAS BENE MERENTI IN PACE, meaning "Nicella, God’s virgin, who lived for more or less 35 years. She was placed here 15 days before the Kalends of May (17th of April). For the well deserving one in peace."

We can trace life, yet the true pursuit is of peace.

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