Art and the Christian Apocrypha
The Christian canon of scripture, known as the New Testament, excluded many of the church's traditional stories about its origins. These apocrypha included well-known tales such as those of the ox and the ass at the Nativity, the Assumption of the Virgin, and the martyrdoms of St Peter and St Paul. Although not in the Bible, these popular stories have had a powerful influence on the church's traditions and theology, and a particularly marked effect on visual representations of Christian belief. This book provides an introduction to the relationship between the apocryphal texts and the paintings, mosaics, and sculpture in which they are frequently paralleled, and which have been so significant in transmitting these non-Biblical stories to generations of churchgoers. It reveals the enduring power of the Christian apocrypha in both text and art, and displays the artworks themselves in a different light. The volume contains more than 100 plates, and numerous extracts from the apocryphal texts.
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Abgar Acts of Andrew Acts of John Acts of Paul Acts of Peter Aegeates Ambrosian Library angel Annunciation Apocalypse apocryphal apocryphal Acts Apocryphal New Testament apostle appears Arabic Infancy Gospel Aristodemus baptized Bartholomew bearded beardless Bibliotheque nationale Byzantine canonical Cartlidge Chapel child Christ crucifixion cycle of John decorations Demus depicted Dinkller Drusiana earliest Early Christian Art early church Fabricius Figure fresco Gospel of Nicodemus Gospel of Thomas hand iconic versions iconography illustrated images Infancy Gospel ivory Jahrtausends der Kirche James Jesus John the Evangelist John's Joseph Lafontaine-Dosogne Legende im Bild Lord Magi Manuscript illumination martyrdom Mary Matthew medieval miracle mosaic Museo Pio Cristiano Museum of Art narrative nimbed pagan painting parallel Passion Paul and Peter Peter and Paul Photograph pictorial art portrait Protevangelium Pseudo-Matthew rhetorical Saint San Marco sarcophagus scene Shepherd Simon story temple texts Thecla theological Trinity College Library Vatican Virgin Weitzmann youth