The early christian art on the other hand portray the ideal person. This is shown in the example of "The Good Shepherd"in chapter 7 on pg. 225. The man looks youthful in appearances without wrinkles or blemishes. He is strong because he is carrying a sheep on his back and holding onto the animals hooves with one hand while the other hand is holding onto a tree branch. Even though he is strong this person after he lifted the sheep on his back had to gain his balance by holding onto the branch. This gentleman appears to be in his late teens or early twenties and has an air of confidence about him because of his expression. He is looking at the sheep and his expression seems to tell the views that he is reassuring the animal. The figure has a naturalistic appearance because his facial features and his position make him look like a real person. Just by looking at this statue the viewer can imagine the figure moving about with the sheep on his back. This statue's symbolism shows how Christ finds his followers after they have wandered off like lost sheep. One of the reasons why this statue shows youthfulness is because people of that time did like to see the ideal person because they themselves what to think about life and youth. They don't want to think about growing old because that means wrinkles, blemishes and finally death. Secondly this statue is portraying Christ and he was perfect. No other human that has lived is perfect like Christ was because he is the son of God.
The Romans had different opinions about youth and old age. Some viewed old age as being a bad thing because you lose your abilities and your physical beauty at this point. On the other hand the Roman leaders took pride in portraying their ancestors in their old age because aging meant gaining wisdom. Along with that growing old meant reaching maturity and that comes with different experiences.This was shown in the example of "Caracalla" because he had the appearance of old age and experience. Youth was the ideal thing because it is indicated in their art that is how they want to remain. They wanted to be strong and healthy. Those characteristics are seen in "The Good Shepard". The figure shows both strength and physically fit whereas the other shows a person that is aging. The other difference is that on statue represents political propaganda while the other draws from a religious theme. The Romans as one can see in their art they are striving to be the best however they have a vain desire to remain strong and youthful until their death.