The patriarchs of the Old Testament looked FORWARD to the coming of the Messiah. We look BACK at His arrival, His life, His death and His resurrection. No matter what side of the Cross you're on you see Jesus in all His glory.
An Original Depiction of Jesus, ca 100-400 A.D., Roman catacombs. The Christian catacombs are extremely important for the history of Early Christian art, as they contain the great majority of examples from before about 300AD, in fresco and sculpture, as well as gold glass medallions.