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"This book presents an up-to-date and original survey of Early Christian art and its origins, and attacks the current idea of continuity between the Roman emperor cult and the art of the early church. Conservative readers may well be shocked by this lucid but utterly unconventional presentation of an often treated subject. I find Thomas Mathews's work convincing and impressive."--Hugo Buchthal

"Not only does Mathews present bold arguments that I find persuasive, but his book is exciting to read. He removes the images of Christ from the iconography of the emperor and puts them into the far more plausible context of late antique teachers and wonder-workers."--G. W. Bowersock

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"This book presents an up-to-date and original survey of Early Christian art and its origins, and attacks the current idea of continuity between the Roman emperor cult and the art of the early church. Conservative readers may well be shocked by this lucid but utterly unconventional presentation of an often treated subject. I find Thomas Mathews's work convincing and impressive."--Hugo Buchthal

"Not only does Mathews present bold arguments that I find persuasive, but his book is exciting to read. He removes the images of Christ from the iconography of the emperor and puts them into the far more plausible context of late antique teachers and wonder-workers."--G. W. Bowersock

Synopsis:

Between the third and sixth centuries, the ancient gods, goddesses, and heroes who had populated the imagination of humankind for a millennium were replaced by a new imagery of Christ and his saints. Thomas Mathews explores the many different, often surprising, artistic images and religious interpretations of Christ during this period. He challenges the accepted theory of the "Emperor Mystique," which, interpreting Christ as king, derives the vocabulary of Christian art from the propagandistic imagery of the Roman emperor. This revised edition contains a new preface by the author and a new chapter on the origin and development of icons in private domestic cult.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Ch. 1The Mistake of the Emperor Mystique3
Ch. 2The Chariot and the Donkey23
Ch. 3The Magician54
Ch. 4Larger-than-Life92
Ch. 5Christ Chameleon115
Ch. 6Convergence142
Ch. 7The Intimate Icon177
List of Abbreviations181
Notes183
List of Figures205
Index213

Product Details

ISBN:
9780691009391
Subtitle:
A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art
Author:
Mathews, Thomas F.
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Location:
Princeton, NJ :
Subject:
Religious
Subject:
History - General
Subject:
Christian art and symbolism
Subject:
History - Ancient/Classical
Subject:
Chrastaan art and symbclasm
Subject:
Art, Early Christian
Subject:
Subjects & Themes - Religious
Subject:
General
Subject:
Art and architecture
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Art, Religious
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Princeton Paperbacks
Publication Date:
April 1999
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
College/higher education:
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 color plates 129 halftones
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
10 x 7 in 31 oz

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"Synopsis" by , "This book presents an up-to-date and original survey of Early Christian art and its origins, and attacks the current idea of continuity between the Roman emperor cult and the art of the early church. Conservative readers may well be shocked by this lucid but utterly unconventional presentation of an often treated subject. I find Thomas Mathews's work convincing and impressive."--Hugo Buchthal

"Not only does Mathews present bold arguments that I find persuasive, but his book is exciting to read. He removes the images of Christ from the iconography of the emperor and puts them into the far more plausible context of late antique teachers and wonder-workers."--G. W. Bowersock

"Synopsis" by , Between the third and sixth centuries, the ancient gods, goddesses, and heroes who had populated the imagination of humankind for a millennium were replaced by a new imagery of Christ and his saints. Thomas Mathews explores the many different, often surprising, artistic images and religious interpretations of Christ during this period. He challenges the accepted theory of the "Emperor Mystique," which, interpreting Christ as king, derives the vocabulary of Christian art from the propagandistic imagery of the Roman emperor. This revised edition contains a new preface by the author and a new chapter on the origin and development of icons in private domestic cult.
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