Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction by Beth WilliamsonChristian Art: A Very Short Introduction by Beth Williamson

Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction

byBeth Williamson

Paperback | July 14, 2004

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Christian images have a long history within the Western art tradition from the narrative and devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the radical new interpretations of the twenty-first century. This fascinating new book explores the changing nature of the representation ofkey themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering the Eucharist, the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Other sections deal with the changes to Christian art after the sixteenth-century Reformation, and with Christian art in the modern world.Within these themes, the book explores the work of major artists such as Memling, Holbein, El Greco and Rossetti, and well-known examples including the frescoes of St Francis at Assisi. Didactic and consciously devotional works are discussed alongside the controversial work of contemporary artistssuch as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili.
Dr Beth Williamson is a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Bristol. She has published and lectured on many aspects of Christian art, including images of Christ and of the Virgin Mary, altarpieces, and devotional images
Title:Christian Art: A Very Short IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:140 pages, 6.85 × 4.37 × 0.37 inPublished:July 14, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019280328X

ISBN - 13:9780192803283

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Tiny Reference This was one of the books that was a requirement in my university's brand new Religion and the Arts course. The professor confessed he had a hard time finding relevant books for the course material, and also gave us copies of the Oxford History of Western art. I never even bought a copy of the latter book, but this one will sit on my bookshelf until it falls apart. I have a hard time getting into any book that isn't a piece of fiction, but this little thing was informative, helpful, and oh so sweetly brief. I also expect the other Very Short Introduction books are the same way. I'll probably buy more of them in the future.
Date published: 2007-01-02

Table of Contents

Introduction1. Images of the Eucharist and images of Christ's Passion2. The Virgin and Child3. The Saints4. 'Bibles for the Illiterate': Old and New Testament Narrative Imagery5. Icons6. Conclusion: the Twentieth Century

Editorial Reviews

"Another in an excellent and sensible series of paperbacks explaining clearly and with verve subjects that may be off the map for many of us but can be put right with a small book that doesn't make the subject simple--just interesting and understandable....Williamson clearly leads us throughthe medieval and renaissance periods to our modern art period." Hamilton Spectator