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This Very Short Introduction
decodes the key themes, signs, and symbols found in Christian art: the Eucharist, the image of the Crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, the Saints, Old and New Testament narrative imagery, and iconography. It also explores the theological and historical background of Christian imagery, from the devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the twenty-first century.
Williamson uses examples from, amongst others, Cimabue, Michelangelo, and Rosetti. She concludes by outlining the co-existence in contemporary 'post-Christian' culture of the deliberately controversial works of artists such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili, alongside the consciously devotional works of those such as Eric Gill and Peter Blake.
This work is an introduction to the key Christian themes, signs, and symbols found in art, from the devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the co-existence, in the 20th and 21st centuries, of the deliberately controversial and the consciously devotional.
About the Author
is Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Bristol.
Table of Contents
1. Images of the Eucharist and images of Christ's Passion
2. The Virgin and Child
3. The Saints
4. 'Bibles for the Illiterate': Old and New Testament Narrative Imagery
6. Conclusion: the Twentieth Century