Throughout the ages artists have been inspired by Jesus and the key events in his life to create some of their most potent works. A collection of extraordinary art interpreting moments in Jesus' life is presented in this coffee table book for middle school students. The works collected span the centuries and cover a number of media, such as oil painting, stained glass, sculpture, mosaic, carving, medieval manuscript illustration, and more. Some of the works here are sure to provoke strong thoughts and feelings about Jesus as a historical figure and Jesus as the central figure in Christianity. Art lovers will delight in the absorbing works, which are explained in a meaningful way for those who may be familiar with them and for the uninitiated. Many of the detailed paintings contain subjects (people and landmarks) that will be unfamiliar to readers. With both visual aids and text, the book does an excellent job of putting each work in context and explaining the unfamiliar subjects. Concise biographies of the artists, as well as a time line of Jesus' life, are provided at the back of the book. This title, which is a tremendous resource for art, religion, and history courses, is one in the publisher's "Art Revelations" series. 2003, Enchanted Lion Books, Ages 8 to 12.
Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.