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Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction
     

Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction

by Beth Williamson
 

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ISBN-10: 019280328X

ISBN-13: 9780192803283

Pub. Date: 09/15/2003

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

This Very Short Introduction decodes the key themes, signs, and symbols found in Christian art: the Eucharist, the image of the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, Old and New Testament narrative imagery, and iconography. It also explores the theological and historical background of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the Medieval and

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This Very Short Introduction decodes the key themes, signs, and symbols found in Christian art: the Eucharist, the image of the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, Old and New Testament narrative imagery, and iconography. It also explores the theological and historical background of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the twenty-first century.
Williamson uses examples from, amongst others, Cimabue, Michelangelo, and Rosetti. She concludes by outlining the co-existence in contemporary 'post-Christian' culture of the deliberately controversial works of artists such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili, alongside the consciously devotional works of those such as Eric Gill and Peter Blake.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780192803283
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/2003
Series:
Very Short Introductions Series
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
1,372,023
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 4.40(h) x 0.50(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1. Images of the Eucharist and images of Christ's Passion
2. The Virgin and Child
3. The Saints
4. 'Bibles for the Illiterate': Old and New Testament Narrative Imagery
5. Icons
6. Conclusion: the Twentieth Century

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