Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman

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This fascinating book discusses the ways that American Protestants use devotional images in their religious life, focusing on the production, marketing, and reception of Warner Sallman's religious illustrations, especially his widely known 1940 Head of Christ. Five eminent historians explore Sallman's art from theological, liturgical, and aesthetic perspectives, along the way revealing much about twentieth-century American evangelism.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300063424
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Product dimensions: 6.44 (w) x 9.55 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Warner Sallman and the Visual Culture of American Protestantism 25
2 Making a "Virile, Manly Christ": The Cultural Origins and Meanings of Warner Sallman's Religious Imagery 61
3 Marketing Jesus: Warner Press and the Art of Warner Sallman 95
4 The Ministry of Christian Art: Evangelicals and the Art of Warner Sallman, 1942-1960 123
5 Interchangeable Art: Warner Sallman and the Critics of Mass Culture 148
6 "Would Jesus Have Sat for a Portrait?" The Likeness of Christ in the Popular Reception of Sallman's Art 181
Notes 207
List of Contributors 241
Index 243
Credits for Chapter-Opening Illustrations 247
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