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Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images / Edition 1

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This superb collection of essays challenges the growing tension about religion and the arts by dissecting the intriguing ways religion and the arts have inte frsected in a long, vivid, necessary, and largely positive relationship from the early nineteenth century to the end of the twentieth century. The essays here are unusually strong, sophisticated, mature, and insightful. They are remarkably readable, not merely for art historians but for a broadly interested and intelligent audience. The result is a truly fascinating collection whose essays touch on a wide range of important and fascinating topics in the two-hundred year experience of both American art and American religion. —Jon Butler, Yale University, author of Awash in a Sea of Faith: Christianizing the American People and Religion in American History: A Reader.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520219328
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 9/25/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 283
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

David Morgan is Associate Professor of Art History at Valparaiso University and the editor of Icons of American Protestantism: The Art of Warner Sallman (1996).
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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Constructivism and the History of Visual Culture 1
Ch. 1 The Practice of Visual Piety 21
Ch. 2 Empathy and Sympathy in the History of Visual Piety 59
Ch. 3 The Masculinity of Christ 97
Ch. 4 Reading the Face of Jesus 124
Ch. 5 Domestic Devotion and Ritual 152
Ch. 6 Memory and the Sacred 181
Conclusion: Religious Images and the Social Construction of Everyday Life 203
Appendix Letters and Demographics 209
Notes 213
Select Bibliography 253
Index 259
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