How can art aid in the reconciliation of new and old beliefs?
Through trade, travel, conquest, and missionary zeal, Christianity has spread around the globe. Along the way, it has been adapted and interpreted according to the values, beliefs, and needs of various populations at different points in history. The art produced when Christianity has been adopted by or introduced to traditionally non-Christian cultures has both reflected the incorporation of foreign ideas and, at the same time, produced original ways of understanding those ideas. Images like Our Lady of Cocharcas or icon diptychs from Ethiopia show the fusion of old and new that has occurred when people have attempted to reconcile not only their indigenous religious beliefs with Christianity, but also their traditional art forms with those of European origin.