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Christian art is the first major category of art produced in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire. While the Western Empire's political structure essentially collapsed after the fall of Rome, its religious heirarcy, what would become the modern-day Catholic Church, was as vital as ever, and began the Christianization of the Goths. As a stable European society emerged during the Middle Ages, the Church led the way in terms of art, using its resources to commission paintings and sculpure dedicated to the glory of God.
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