I wonder why Church officials not only allowed but also endorsed and paid for depictions of pre-Christian gods.

Examples include Pietro Bracci's Oceanus, which was funded by the Pope,

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and multiple others like this depiction of Venus and Mars. enter image description here

These works were created even at those times when for worshiping Jesus Christ somewhat different way you could be easily burned alive.

closed as not a real question by yannis, American Luke, Steven Drennon Dec 14 '12 at 22:14

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    "These works were created even at those times when for worshipping Jesus Christ somewhat different way you could be easily burned alive." Citation needed. Furthermore you got your timelines mixed up, Pietro Bracci was born two centuries after the middle ages, and technically also after the Renaissance. There's a good question in there, but you really need to research the subject a bit on your own, at least until you get some of the basic facts straight. – yannis Nov 14 '12 at 3:41
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    Hm? Where's that definition coming from? – yannis Nov 14 '12 at 3:50
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    If that's true, it's quite misguiding and unfortunate. How about you revise your question to follow the commonly accepted definition of middle ages, since this isn't really a Soviet or a post Soviet school. – yannis Nov 14 '12 at 4:05
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    @Yannis Rizos the question asks about middle ages and renaissance, so what's the problem? – Anixx Nov 14 '12 at 4:15
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    Timeframe specifics shouldn't impact the ability to provide some answer. I'm thinking this should be reopened. Afterall, we answer questions like "Where did ancient Romans buy slaves from?" even though the timeframe of ancient Rome is also disputed. – LateralFractal Nov 15 '13 at 1:59

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