Signs & Symbols in Christian Art

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Oxford University Press, 1959 - Art - 123 pages
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First published in 1954 and having gone through several editions, this comprehensive book remains the authoritative source in the study of symbols in Christian art. This paperback edition includes all of the three hundred fifty illustrations from the original edition, as well as the complete and unabridged text, revealing . the symbolism inherent in representations of religious personages, the Earth and Sky, animals, birds, insects, and flowers. In addition to a discussion of objects treated symbolically in Christian art, George Ferguson explores Old Testament characters and events and their symbolic representation in art. In addition to a discussion of objects treated symbolically in Christian art, George Ferguson explores Old Testament characters and events and their symbolic representation in art.
 

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Contents

Animals Birds and Insects
11
Flowers Trees and Plants
27
Earth and Sky
40
The Human Body
46
The Old Testament
51
St John the Baptist
69
The Virgin Mary
71
Jesus Christ
76
The Saints
102
Radiances Letters Colors and Numbers
148
Religious Dress
155
Religious Objects
161
Artifacts
169
List of Plates
185
Index of Names and Subjects
188
Copyright

The Trinity the Madonna and Angels
92

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The late George Ferguson was Rector of Saint Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Parish in Tucson, Arizona.

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