Samuel Anointing David

Samuel Anointing David, third century. Interior wood panel from Dura Europos, National Museum of Damascus, Syria. 

The third-century Dura Europos synagogue paintings represent the earliest continuous narrative cycle of biblical images known in art. The synagogue was built in AD 244/245 and destroyed in 256 in the Sassanid sack of the city. This rapid destruction helped to preserve its unique frescoes, whose discovery in the French-American excavations in the 1920's marked a new beginning in the study of Jewish art.

Samuel and David wall panel

Painting, usually murals, created in wet plaster.

A written, spoken, or recorded story.

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