Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings

Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings

by John Drury
     
 

In this beautifully written book an Anglican priest and theologian looks at religious paintings through the ages and presents them to us in a fresh way. John Drury shows how the Christian images in paintings by artists from Duccio to Velazquez have a universal quality that fills the works with passion, stories, and meaning, not only for audiences of the past but also… See more details below

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In this beautifully written book an Anglican priest and theologian looks at religious paintings through the ages and presents them to us in a fresh way. John Drury shows how the Christian images in paintings by artists from Duccio to Velazquez have a universal quality that fills the works with passion, stories, and meaning, not only for audiences of the past but also for viewers today. Named by ALA Booklist as one of the top ten books in religion published between August 1999 and August 2000. Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title for 2000

Author Biography: John Drury is Dean of Christ Church, Oxford.

Editorial Reviews

Choice
With a highly descriptive approach rich in history and iconography,the author,a thoughtful and enthusiastic scholar,treats whole paintings,not just symbols,and employs a prose that always remains subsidiary to the pictures themselves. A well-written,informative,and beautifully illustrated work that should be part of every collection.
Eamon Duffy
Painting the Word is a treat in every way,from the marvelous pictures to the beautiful and penetrating writing,with insight and hard looking compressed into every paragraph. I found it constantly fresh and illuminating,forcing me to look again at pictures I thought I knew. The book is a tour de force,gracefully and wittily written.
First Things
An ambitious book that is magnificently successful. In its lavishly illustrated pages, Drury ... combines commentary that is both artistic criticism and devotional appreciation, and both of a high order... . A companion to keep and return to again and again.
(— First Things
Franco Mormando
An informative, inspiring book, the reading of which will make your next visit to your local museum of fine arts a more rewarding experience—visually, emotionally and spiritually.
America
Karen Mortimore
A must for any fan of this genre, or those wishing to take their art appreciation further.
Antiques Magazine
Wendy Beckett
A superb book: never has the art of looking been more clearly and pervasively�not explained,but demonstrated.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300077773
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
11/28/1999
Series:
National Gallery London Publications
Pages:
220
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.00(d)

What People are saying about this

Sister Wendy Beckett
A superb book: never has the art of looking been more clearly and pervasively—not explained, but demonstrated.
(— Sister Wendy Beckett)
Eamon Duffy
Painting the Word is a treat in every way, from the marvelous pictures to the beautiful and penetrating writing, with insight and hard looking compressed into every paragraph. I found it constantly fresh and illuminating, forcing me to look again at pictures I thought I knew. The book is a tour de force, gracefully and wittily written.
(— Eamon Duffy, author of Stripping the Altars (Yale University Press))

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