Religion,Art,and Visual Culture: A Cross-Cultural Reader / Edition 1

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Religion, Art, and Visual Culture gathers together the most current scholarship on art, religion, visual culture, and cultural studies. The book approaches the study of world religions through the human, meaning-making activity of seeing. The essays move between specific visual subjects (painting, landscape gardens, calligraphy, architecture, mass media) and the broader theoretical discourses relevant to religion and the wider humanities today. Topics covered include art and perception; the iconicity of Jesus Christ; the relation of word and image in Islam and divine images in India.

Author Biography: S. Brent Plate is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...the book is a good beginning point for religion and cultural studies classes at the undergraduate and graduate level."—Nadine Pence Frantz, Religious Studies Review
“The essays in Religion, Art and Visual Culture... reveal what is unique and what is common in our human desire to see enlightening trip for anyone who keeps an altar, or wonders why other people do.” —Donald Cosentino, UCLA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312240295
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 2/23/2002
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.55 (w) x 8.58 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

S. Brent Plate is Assistant Professor of Religion and the Visual Arts at Texas Christian University.

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Table of Contents

A note on the text
List of Illustrations
Introduction 1
Sect. 1 Aisthesis: Perceiving Between the Eye and the Mind
from "Vision," in A Natural History of the Senses 27
from Eye and Brain: The Psychology of Seeing 33
from The Object Stares Back: On the Nature of Seeing 40
from "Metaphors on Vision" 46
Sect. 2 Icon: The Image of Jesus Christ and Christian Theology
from "Image" 62
from Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meaning 67
from The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion 73
from '"Would Jesus Have Sat for a Portrait?' The Likeness of Christ in the Popular Reception of Sallman's Art" 81
Sect. 3 Qalam: Word and Imaged In Islamic Calligraphy
from Mediation of Ornament 101
from Calligraphy and Islamic Culture 106
from "The Spiritual Message of Islamic Calligraphy" in Islamic Art and Spirituality 112
from Modern Islamic Art 118
Sect. 4 Shinjin: The Seeing Body-Mind in the Japanese Zen Garden
from Buddhism and the Arts of Japan 134
from The Body, Self-Cultivation, and Ki-Energy 140
"The Japanese Garden: Seeing and Cultivating Micro-Macrocosmic Correlativity" 145
from The Ocean in the Sand 153
Sect. 5 Darshan: Seeing the Hindu Divine Image in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
from Darshan 171
from Lives of Indian Images 176
from the prologue to Devi: Goddess of India 182
from "All in the (Raghu) Family" 187
Sect. 6 Zakhor: Modern Jewish Memory Built into Architecture
from Jewish Icons 205
from The Texture of Memory: Holocaust Memorials and Meaning 211
"Holocaust Icons, Holocaust Idols" 216
"Building Zakhor: The Place of Memory in Daniel Libeskind's Jewish Museum, Berlin" 224
Index 235
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