A Guide To Christian Art

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A Guide To Christian Art

Author : Diane Apostolos-Cappadona
ISBN : 9780567685148
Genre : Religion
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A one-volume introduction to and overview of Christian art, from its earliest history to the present day. Diane Apostolos-Cappadona begins by examining how art and Christianity have intersected throughout history, and charts this tumultuous relationship that has yielded some of the greatest outpourings of human creativity. To introduce readers to the way a painting can be read Apostolos-Cappadona begins with an analysis of a painting of the Adoration of the Magi, helping readers to see how they can interpret for themselves the signs, symbols and figures that the book covers. In the more-than 1000 entries that follow Apostolos-Cappadona gives readers an expert overview of all the frequently used symbols and motifs in Christian art as well as the various saints, historical figures, religious events, and biblical scenes most frequently depicted. Readers are introduced to the ways in which religious paintings are often "coded'" such as what a lily means in a picture of Mary, how a goldfinch can be "Christological", or how the presence of an Eagle means it is likely to be a picture of St John. The entries are organized by topic, so that students and beginners can easily find their way to discussion of the themes and motifs they see before them when looking at a painting.
Category: Religion

Contemplative Vision

Author : Juliet Benner
ISBN : 9780830835447
Genre : Religion
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"It is hard not to say `I told you so.' The first time I read Juliet Benner's `Oh Taste & See' column for Conversations journal I knew she had a rare gift for seeing---what others may miss---and describing---in a way that touches the soul---and I was pretty sure a wonderful book would follow. Here it is!" Gary W. Moon, executive editor of Conversations Juliet Benner was trained as a visual artist, so when she became a spiritual director, she found it natural to begin showing people how to meditate on Christian art treasures that are rooted in a passage of Scripture. She taught a way of encountering the Word behind both the words of Scripture and the artist's meditation on Scripture. This became a way of seeing art as an aid to contemplative prayer. In each chapter of this book you'll encounter a passage of Scripture and a corresponding piece of art. You'll be guided into deeper levels of meaning and reflection through the text and the questions at the end of each chapter. In the process you'll find yourself entering into a new experience of prayer and meditation in God's presence. "This is a beautiful and inspiring work that will help you reflect and respond to God not just with your mind but also with your heart and soul." Ruth Haley Barton, author of Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership "A delightful and lavish feast, it left me hungry for more!" Margaret Guenther, author of Holy Listening
Category: Religion

Dictionary Of Christian Art

Author : Diane Apostolos-Cappadona
ISBN : UOM:39015043191728
Genre : Religion
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Complete with over 160 illustrations, here is an invaluable reference guide for art lovers and students of Christian history, culture, art, or religion. "A tour de force (and) an indispensable reference to Christian motifs, subject matter, iconography and theology in visual art".--"Publishers Weekly".
Category: Religion

Early Christian Art And Architecture

Author : Guntram Koch
ISBN : STANFORD:36105020595869
Genre : Architecture
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The early Christian period, especially the time between the third and sixth centuries, is one of the most fascinating in church history. The Christianity which developed into a state church in the Roman empire during the fourth century gave new content to traditional Graeco-Roman art and adapted it to changed needs. Different forms of churches, monasteries and baptisms came into being, as did Christian art in paintings, mosaics and sculptures; biblical manuscripts were illustrated and liturgical furnishings and vessels were given new form. Here for the first time in a single volume is an account of architecture sacred and profane, funerary art in catacombs and tombs and especially sarcophagi, the graphic arts and the various forms of art in miniature. The text is illustrated with numerous line drawings and photographs, including ground plans and elevations of churches, actual and conjectural, and there are full descriptions of the art and architecture discussed against its social and historical background. In addition there are full bibliographies and details of the most important collections of Christian art. This will prove not only an invaluable work for art historians but also a guide for those travelling in the Mediterranean area and an indication of the riches of the first centuries of the church. Guntram Koch is Professor of Christian Archaeology and the History of Byzantine Art in the University of Marburg.
Category: Architecture

A Handbook Of Symbols In Christian Art

Author : Gertrude Grace Sill
ISBN : 9781439123843
Genre : Art
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Explore one of the richest and most rewarding aspects of Western art with this comprehensive easy-to-use, portable guide to Christian symbols. Organized like a primer, with hundreds of entries in 50 categories—from A for Angels to Z for Zodiac—this handy pocket reference enables you to recognize at a glance the identity and meaning of all the elements in any Christian work of art. 162 paintings from every century illustrate the enduring themes of our biblical heritage. A short introductory essay explains how to use the handbook and the functions of symbols in art. Cross-references, illustrations, a detailed index, and the pocket-book size make A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art an invaluable work for museum-goers, students, travelers, art collectors, and general readers.
Category: Art

The Art Of Faith

Author : Judith Couchman
ISBN : 1557256306
Genre : Art
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The Art of Faith outlines sacred art from early Christianity through the Baroque, with intriguing information, stories, quotes, sketches, and examples.
Category: Art

The Christian Art Of Byzantine Syria

Author : Ignacio Peña
ISBN : UOM:39015040535232
Genre : Architecture, Byzantine
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This work provides archaeological insights into the Byzantine art and architecture of the dead cities of northern Syria. It covers their markets, houses, churches, monastries and pilgrimage sites.
Category: Architecture, Byzantine

The Christian Art Of Forgiveness

Author : Jake Morrill
ISBN : 1648760007
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Master the art of forgiveness--practical strategies for opening your heart and living faithfully Cultivate a forgiving mindset and learn how to be truly compassionate to others. This thoughtful guide offers you easy-to-use tools that will help you let go of negativity and grow into the best version of yourself. By focusing on various types of relationships, you will be able to better understand why and when you should forgive, as well as how you can persevere through what can be a challenging journey. Filled with inspiring Scripture, stories, and exercises, you'll discover everything you need to become more forgiving in your everyday life. The Christian Art of Forgiveness includes: Actionable prompts--Learn fundamental forgiveness skills through simple exercises like meditating on how you've hurt others or reflecting on your personal values. Supportive scripture and stories--Better understand what it means to forgive through the Lord's wisdom, as well as illustrative sample stories that show forgiveness in action. Focused guidance--Explore how the unique challenges of forgiveness can change depending on who you're working to forgive--including family, friends, colleagues, community, and even yourself. Learn how to love like Jesus with The Christian Art of Forgiveness.

The Art Craft Of Writing Christian Fiction

Author : Jeff Gerke
ISBN : 1599638746
Genre : Reference
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The essential guide to mastering Christian fiction! To write a powerful, meaningful Christian novel, you must embrace the soaring creativity inspired by faith, while also committing to the serious discipline required of an artisan. You must be able to weave a compelling story with an underlying message that deeply affects both your characters and your readers. As fulfilling as the Christian genre is, the road to a satisfying story--and publication--is filled with hard work. But take heart. The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction can help make the journey easier. Inside, author Jeff Gerke provides page after page of insightful instruction and encouragement. You'll learn how to: Write for a Christian audience while glorifying God through your fiction. Find your story amidst a bevy of ideas. Avoid using hidden agendas, messages, and sermons in your writing. Convert telling into showing. Handle profane characters in Christian fiction. From understanding your calling as a Christian author to finding a literary agent and navigating the path to publication, The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction is the go-to manual for every step along the way.
Category: Reference

King David In The Index Of Christian Art

Author : Colum Hourihane
ISBN : 0691095477
Genre : Art
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"The works of art catalogued here range in date from the third to the fifteenth century and represent fourteen different media, including frescoes, ivories, manuscripts, stained glass, sculpture, mosaics, and textiles. Each entry gives concise information on the object's current location, date, and primary subject. An index allows the reader to browse the medieval world geographically for images of David still in situ, and the modern world for objects in museums, libraries, and other collections."--BOOK JACKET.
Category: Art

Art Soul

Author : Hilary Brand
ISBN : 0830826742
Genre : Religion
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More Christians than ever before are studying and working in music, painting, sculpture, theater, television, film, architecture and more. Are you one of them? If so, you, like artists in every discipline, face the challenge of working in a way that is both wholly Christian and wholly contemporary, Hilary Brand and Adrienne Chaplin have written this practical and inspirational guide for you. In Art & Soul you'll find encouragement for developing a Christian worldview from which you can approach your craft. Here the best teaching on Christianity and the arts during the past fifty years is digested and reapplied, supported by a wealth of quotes from artists, critics and Christian thinkers. A wide range of illustrations, both historical and contemporary, illuminates the text as Brand and Chaplin explore the conflicting influences on Christians entering or working in the arts. They correlate the major biblical themes of creation, fall and redemption to the business of making art. And they examine the nature and purpose of the arts--along with the way you experience and interpret them. Finally, you'll find helpful guidelines on practicing and developing your art. Here is the book to help you meet the challenges facing you today--both from the world of art and from the world of the church.
Category: Religion

Symbols Of The Christian Faith

Author : Alva William Steffler
ISBN : 0802846769
Genre : Art
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Symbols of the Christian Faith is an illustrated guide to the major visual symbols used by the Christian church throughout history. These stylized illustrations, designed by artist Alva William Steffler, are intended to provide usable, up-to-date resources for contemporary church worship and Christian education. Throughout church history symbols have been used to aid worship and to communicate difficult spiritual ideas. Steffler here collects these symbols, from early Christian catacomb art to the present, offering fresh graphic interpretations of old visual forms. The accompanying text notes the biblical sources for the various symbols and traces their use in church tradition and their links to Greco-Roman culture. Extensive glossaries and indexes round out the book. Broadly inclusive and sensitive to the perspectives of every church tradition, this volume will be an invaluable resource for churches using Christian art as well as for general readers curious about the meaning of common Christian symbols.
Category: Art