Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images (Google eBook)

Front Cover
University of California Press, Nov 25, 1997 - Art - 265 pages
1 Review
This fascinating study of devotional images traces their historical links to important strains of American culture. David Morgan demonstrates how popular visual images from Warner Sallman's "Head of Christ" to velvet renditions of DaVinci's "Last Supper" to illustrations on prayer cards have assumed central roles in contemporary American lives and communities. Morgan's history of popular religious images ranges from the late Middle Ages to the present day and analyzes what he calls "visual piety," or the belief that images convey. Rather than isolating popular icons from their social contexts or regarding them as merely illustrative of theological ideas, Morgan situates both Protestant and Catholic art within the domain of devotional practice, ritual, personal narrative, and the sacred space of the home. In addition, he examines how popular icons have been rooted in social concerns ranging from control of human passions to notions of gender, creedal orthodoxy, and friendship. Also discussed is the coupling of images with texts in the attempt to control meanings and to establish markers for one's community and belief. Drawing from the fields of music, sociology, theology, philosophy, psychology, and aesthetics, "Visual Piety" is the first book to bring to specialist and lay reader alike an understanding of religious imagery's place in the social formation and maintenance of everyday American life.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

LibraryThing Review

User Review  - erikssonfamily - LibraryThing

David Morgan's history of American visual piety is dense. He not only examined and evaluated the sociological effects of religious (Christian, and more specifically, Warner Sallman's Jesus) images ... Read full review

Contents

CONSTRUCTIVISM AND THE HISTORY OF VISUAL CULTURE
1
Material Things and the Social Construction of Reality
2
The Aesthetics of Everyday Life
12
Images and Their Worlds
17
THE PRACTICE OF VISUAL PIETY
21
High and Low
22
The Aesthetic of Disinterestedness
26
Toward an Aesthetic of Popular Religious Art
29
The Christology of Friendship and TwentiethCentury Visual Piety
111
READING THE FACE OF JESUS
124
The Head of Christ in Catholic and Lutheran Response
125
The Discourse of Hidden Images
135
AvantGarde and Popular
143
DOMESTIC DEVOTION AND RITUAL
152
A Domestic Description of the Sacred
158
Domestic Ritual and Images
171

The Psychology of Recognition
34
Interactivity in the Reception of Popular Religious Images
50
EMPATHY AND SYMPATHY IN THE HISTORY OF VISUAL PIETY
59
Catholic Visual Piety from the Late Middle Ages to the Modern Period
60
Jonathan Edwards and the Aesthetic of Piety
74
Sympathy and Benevolence in NineteenthCentury American Protestantism
78
HomeSympathy and Christian Nurture
93
THE MASCULINITY OF CHRIST
97
Jonathan and David
98
MEMORY AND THE SACRED
181
Memory and the Sacred
183
Narrative and Anecdotal Memory
197
RELIGIOUS IMAGES AND THE SOCIAL CONSTRUCTION OF EVERYDAY LIFE
203
LETTERS AND DEMOGRAPHICS
209
NOTES
213
SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY
253
INDEX
259
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

References to this book

All Book Search results »

About the author (1997)

David Morgan holds the Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and David Morgan holds the Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and David Morgan holds the Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and David Morgan holds the Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is thethe Arts in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is thethe Arts in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is thethe Arts in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is the author of "Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Re author of "Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Re author of "Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Re author of "Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images" (California, 1998) and "Protestants and Pictligious Images" (California, 1998) and "Protestants and Pictligious Images" (California, 1998) and "Protestants and Pictligious Images" (California, 1998) and "Protestants and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Massures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Massures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Massures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production "(1999). Sally M. Promey is Professor of America Production "(1999). Sally M. Promey is Professor of America Production "(1999). Sally M. Promey is Professor of America Production "(1999). Sally M. Promey is Professor of American Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at thn Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at thn Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at thn Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. She is the author of "Painting Rele University of Maryland. She is the author of "Painting Rele University of Maryland. She is the author of "Painting Rele University of Maryland. She is the author of "Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's" Triumph of Religion"igion in Public: John Singer Sargent's" Triumph of Religion"igion in Public: John Singer Sargent's" Triumph of Religion"igion in Public: John Singer Sargent's" Triumph of Religion" at the Boston Public Library "(1999) and "Spiritual Spectac at the Boston Public Library "(1999) and "Spiritual Spectac at the Boston Public Library "(1999) and "Spiritual Spectac at the Boston Public Library "(1999) and "Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism" (les: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism" (les: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism" (les: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism" (1993). 1993). 1993). 1993).

Bibliographic information