Christianity is the most widespread religion in the world. Ars Sacra (English edition) pays tribute to its art and architecture. As an opulent feast of the senses, this glorious tome impresses with close-ups specifically adapted to the book’s format.
The viewer seems close enough to touch the objects, and magnified images delight even in the finest details.
Superbly researched texts take the reader on a tour through the epochs and highlight the specific changes in sacral art, architecture, and culture.
Ars Sacra (English edition) as the standard work is all in one; fascinating glorious tome, comprehensive compendium, and substantial textbook.
More than 2000 full colour images
How many of us have spend a lifetime's savings going to Europe to look at the two millenia of art, architecture, painting and sculpture? We go into church after church to worship. But are we worshiping God or Jesus or Mary? The answer for most people is no. What we are really worshiping is two thousand years of inspirational creation carried out by absolutely exemplary artists.
I say that because Ars Sacra (Sacred Art) is a superbly put together compendium of Christian art. In a sense, it is the book version of all those churches, cathedrals, galleries, palaces, public places, icons, frescoes, friezes, sarcophogii, manuscripts and gargoyles. It is the summation of virtually the sole expression of European art for more than a thousand years. That art went on to resonate, develop and evolve to the present day, and it is all covered magnificently in this generous tome. Ars Sacra is the European grand tour in a book. In fact, it is the guided specialist tour that most of us will never be able to afford. With its clear and lovely reproductions, insightful commentary and wonderful production, quite frankly you will be able to get a lot closer to those treasures from this book than you will from standing 10 deep and gazing at a Tintoretto in a gallery, or trying to pick out from the ground the features of a flying buttresses disappearing into that flat grey wintery sky.
Ars Sacra is huge. It must weight something like 11 kilos and its 800 pages have more than 2000 colour images. It is presented shrink-wrapped with a simply breathtaking cover design of a bejewelled golden treasure with a two process dust jacket spelling out the title which allows glimpses through to the image behind.
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"This may be the biggest coffee table book I've ever seen: It's about 800 pages, it weighs 25 pounds. It's not just a coffee table book, it is a coffee table... But, what the book is, ARS SACRA, is a history of Christian Art in the Western World, beginning to contemporary"
"Talk about comprehensive? This goes beyond the word... It is gorgeous, it is mind blowing, it is beautiful when you see the pictures and reproductions in this book. It's extraordinary... I didn't know where to put it because it's one of those books you want to put it in a vault, let alone a coffee table. It took me maybe a week just to go through it, page by page, in awe of the images as well as the history of Christian Art."
"If you want a book that will truly astound you, it is ARS SACRA published by hf Ullmann Publishers. Once again, a great book company doing some really superior, beautiful work in books of arts and culture"
Number Of Pages: 800
Published: 1st November 2010
Dimensions (cm): 43.8 x 28.8 x 12.1
Weight (kg): 10.977