Christian Art: A Very Short Introduction

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OUP Oxford, Jun 24, 2004 - Art - 132 pages
Christian images have a long history within the Western art tradition from the narrative and devotional works of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, to the radical new interpretations of the twenty-first century. This fascinating new book explores the changing nature of the representation of key themes and subjects found in Christian art, covering the Eucharist, the crucifixion, the Virgin Mary, and the saints. Other sections deal with the changes to Christian art after the sixteenth-century Reformation, and with Christian art in the modern world. Within these themes, the book explores the work of major artists such as Memling, Holbein, El Greco and Rossetti, and well-known examples including the frescoes of St Francis at Assisi. Didactic and consciously devotional works are discussed alongside the controversial work of contemporary artists such as Andres Serrano and Chris Ofili. ABOUT THE SERIES: The Very Short Introductions series from Oxford University Press contains hundreds of titles in almost every subject area. These pocket-sized books are the perfect way to get ahead in a new subject quickly. Our expert authors combine facts, analysis, perspective, new ideas, and enthusiasm to make interesting and challenging topics highly readable.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Virgin Mary
15
2 The body of Christ
34
3 The saints
48
4 Images and narrative
66
the Reformation
90
6 Christian art around the turn of the second millennium
110
Glossary
119
References
121
Further reading
122
Index
125
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Dr Beth Williamson is a lecturer in the history of art at the University of Bristol. She has published and lectured on many aspects of Christian art, including images of Christ and of the Virgin Mary, altarpieces, and devotional images

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