The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer, 1883
Oil on canvas, 34.61 x 59.09 inches [87.9 x 150.1 cm]
Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore
The Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer of Gerome is a look at the Christian church ,which endured regular (though not constant) persecution at the hands of Roman authorities. This experience, and its resulting martyrs and apologists, would have significant historical and theological consequences for the developing faith.
Among other things, Christian Martyrs' Last Prayer of Gerome sparkes the cult of the saints, facilitates the rapid growth and spread of Christianity, prompts defenses and explanations of Christianity (the "apologies"), and, in its aftermath, raises fundamental questions about the nature of the church.