The Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation by Richard ViladesauThe Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation by Richard Viladesau

The Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to…

byRichard Viladesau

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This is a sequel to Richard Viladesau's well-received 2006 study, The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance. It continues his project of presenting theological history by using art as both an independant religiousor theological "text" and as a means of understanding the cultural context for academic theology. Viladesau argues that art and symbolism function as an alternative strand of theological expression -- sometimes parallel to, sometimes interwoven with, and sometimes in tension with formal theologicalreflection on the meaning of crucifixion and its role in salvation history. Using specific works of art to epitomize particular artistic and theological paradigms, he explores the contours of each paradigm through the works of representative theologians as well as liturgical, poetic, artistic, andmusical sources. The period covered by this new volume is one that was especially eventful for both theology and art, and thus particularly fruitful for Viladesau's project.
Richard Viladesau is a Professor of Theology at Fordham University.
Title:The Triumph of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to…Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.25 × 6.13 × 0.98 inPublished:April 9, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionAbbreviations1. The cross in early Renaissance theology and art2. The Protestant Reformation in the Church and the Arts3. The cross in the Catholic Reformation and Counter-ReformationAppendix: Albrecht Durer's religionIndex

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"In this study, Richard Viladesau traces the representation of the cross, both in painting and music, through the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, in both Catholic and Protestant churches. The result is at once a theological reflection on aesthetics, but also a profound study of an era which shaped the contemporary world." --Tim Gorringe, St. Luke's Professor of Theological Studies, University of Exeter "The Triumph of the Cross brilliantly weaves together parallel developments in the non-conceptual language of the visual arts and music and the conceptual language of theology and preaching. This comparison enables Viladesau to probe in a novel and illuminating way the primal passions that animated the evolution of the understanding the person and atoning work of Christ from the late Middle Ages to the Counter-Reformation. It is a masterful exploration of the way in which the most seemingly rational theological constructs are fuelled by visceral motivations. In so doing, it situates classic theories of the atonement in a revealing new context." --Lee Barrett, Stager Professor of Theology, Lancaster Theological Seminary