The Passion in Art / Edition 1

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Jesus was not depicted on the cross until the early 5th century. Since then this scene has been painted or carved in sharply differing ways. With the aid of over 30 full-page plates, The Passion in Art explores the historical contexts and theologies which led to such differing depictions. Because the first Christians saw the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus as different aspects of a unified victory over sin and death, scenes of the passion are juxtaposed with some of the resurrection, which again are highly varied in what they do and do not show.This is the first book to consider the passion as portrayed in the whole sweep of Christian history. Each picture is considered both from the point of view of its context and its theological standpoint.

Spanning the centuries, the images reproduced and discussed include: Scenes from the Passion of Christ in the Catacombs of Domitilla, mosaics in Ravenna, the Rabbula Crucifixion and Resurrection, the Crucifixion Plaque from Metz, the Gero Crucifix, Cimabue's Crucifix, Giotto's Noli me Tangere, Piero della Francesca's Resurrection, the Eisenheim altarpiece, Carravagio's Supper at Emmaus, Rembrant's Christ on the Cross, Chagall's White Crucifixion, contemporary paintings by Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Nicholas Meynher, and many more works of great acclaim.

Contents: Introduction
Symbols in the Catacombs - 2nd and 3rd centuries
The Victory of the Passion - a 4th century sarcophagus
The First Depiction of Christ on the Cross - a 5th century ivory
Women Discover the Empty Tomb - a 6th century mosaic
Christ in a Long Tunic - a 6th century Gospel book
On the Edges of Empire - signs in stone from the 7th century
Christ Dead on the Cross - an 11th century mosaic
Doubting Thomas - a Byzantine mosaic
The Anastasis - an 11th century mosaic
Classical and Cosmic - a Carolingian book cover from the 9th century
A Sense of the Poignant - an Ottonian crucifix of the 10th century
Christ Reigns from the Cross as Priest and King - a Romanesque carving of the 11th century
On the Road to Emmaus - a romanesque relief of the 12th century
The Chairete - a Venetian mosaic of the 12th century
The influence of the Theologians - a 13th century illuminated Gospel
The Sublime Cimabue (1240-1302)
Noli Me Tangere - Giotto's masterpiece of the early 14th century
A lily Crucifix of the Late 14th Century
The Anastasis - a 14th century fresco
The Man of Sorrows (c.1490)
Christ Rises from the Grave - Piero della Francesca's Humanist Vision of the 15th century
Extreme Agony - The Isenheim altarpiece
The Supper at Emmaus - Caravaggio in the 17th century
Jesus alone - Rembrandt
Caspar David Friedrich and the Cross in Landscape
The White Crucifixion - Marc Chagall
Christ on the Cross - Georges Rouault
The Crucifixion - Stanley Spencer
The Noli Me Tangere - Graham Sutherland
The Supper at Emmaus - Ceri Richards
Menorah - Roger Wagner
The Incredulity of Thomas - Nicholas Mynheer

Author Biography: Richard Harries has written more than 20 books, including The Nativity in Art and Art and the Beauty of God, which was selected by the late Anthony Burgess as a Book of the Year in The Observer. He was elected a Fellow of The Royal Society of Literature in 1996.

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Symbols in the catacombs - second and third centuries 1
The victory of the passion - a fourth-century sarcophagus 5
The first depiction of Christ on the cross - a fifth-century ivory 11
The women discover the empty tomb - a sixth-century mosaic 15
Christ in a long tunic - a sixth-century gospel book 19
On the edges of empire - signs in stone from the seventh century 23
Christ dead on the cross - an eleventh-century mosaic 29
Doubting Thomas - a Byzantine mosaic 33
The Anastasis - an eleventh-century mosaic 37
Classical and cosmic - a Carolingian bookcover of the crucifixion from the ninth century 43
A sense of the poignant - an Ottonian crucifix of the tenth century 47
Christ reigns from the cross as priest and king - a Romanesque carving of the eleventh century 51
On the road to Emmaus - a Romanesque relief of the twelfth century 57
The Chairete - a Venetian mosaic of the twelfth century 61
The influence of the theologians - a thirteenth-century illuminated gospel 65
The sublime Cimabue (1240-1302) 69
Noli Me Tangere - Giotto's masterpiece of the early fourteenth century 73
A lily crucifix of the late fourteenth century 77
The Anastasis - a fourteenth-century fresco 81
The man of sorrows (c. 1490) 85
Christ rises from the grave - Piero della Francesca's humanist vision of the fifteenth century 89
Extreme agony - the Isenheim altarpiece 93
The supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio in the seventeenth century 97
Jesus alone - Rembrandt 101
Caspar David Friedrich and the cross in landscape 105
The white crucifixion - Marc Chagall 109
Christ on the cross - Georges Rouault 115
The crucifixion - Stanley Spencer 119
The Noli Me Tangere - Graham Sutherland 123
The supper at Emmaus - Ceri Richards 127
'A sword shall pierce through thy own soul' - Crucifixion by Helen Meyer 131
Menorah - Roger Wagner 135
The incredulity of Thomas - Nicholas Mynheer 139
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