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Children's LiteraturePart of the "Art Revelations" series, this large-format volume presents brief stories of 12 New Testament miracles illustrated by reproductions of Medieval and Renaissance paintings. Most of the miracles were performed by Jesus, while a few are associated with the apostles. Each miracle is introduced by a relevant biblical quote, followed by a paragraph of text providing more information about the event. The miracles are presented with one painting that is accompanied by a schematic outline identifying figures in the painting. Besides these large paintings, each presentation includes smaller reproductions of relevant art. A number of the details of these smaller items are labeled as details of the originals, but they are actually copies by modern illustrators. While the book is colorful and attractive, it is not a successful art history book because only a few sentences per page deal with questions of art. Also, the page layouts are chopped up and confusing, making it difficult to match captions to illustrations. The book might be enjoyable for browsing or as an incentive for learning more about art history or learning more about the New Testament. The book includes an index, introduction, chronology of miracles, and biographies of artists. 2004, Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 11 up.
—Gisela Jernigan, Ph.D.