Dictionary of Christian Art
Western European art is imbued with Christian imagery, yet much of it is no longer understood in a secular age. This dictionary provides a clear and accessible guide to Christianity's often arcane symbolism. Over 1000 alphabetical entries cover artists, art and architectural terms; flora and fauna; parts of the body; saints, biblical and mythological figures; and liturgical objects and vestments. More than 160 reproductions include work by artists from Giotto through Leonardo and Michelangelo to Salvador Dalí.
The History of the Church through 100 Masterpieces
From Paul’s ‘transformation of the Gospel message into a worldwide church’, represented by Il Bassano’s Sermon of Saint Paul, to Repin’s Procession in the Province of Kursk, depicting the persecution of Christians during the communist revolutions, this book traces the story of the Christian church through art. For each of 100 paintings, the authors discuss the historical events shown, their religious meaning and cultural background, providing a thoughtful and visually engaging history of the Church.