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The Art of Faith : A Guide to Understanding Christian Art and Architecture - Judith Couchman

The Art of Faith

A Guide to Understanding Christian Art and Architecture

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What does this mean? It's a question asked by many who look at Christian art but don't understand its content or meaning. The Art of Faith answers this question in a quick reference guide to Christian art and architecture. Practical and easy to read, this book unfolds the world of Christian images for anyone interested in art: believers who want to enrich their faith, college students studying art history, travelers to ancient sites, seekers who want to explore Christianity. With this book in hand, readers can visit churches or museums and recognize the art's style or meaning or even explore the signs and symbols of their local church. The Art of Faith outlines sacred art from early Christianity through the Baroque, with intriguing information, stories, quotes, sketches, and examples. With this book, you can: • Overview the eras of Christian art and architecture. • Identify the types of Christian art and architecture. • Learn about the varied artistic techniques. • Recognize popular figures in art and learn their stories. • Interpret the ancient signs and symbols of Christian art.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Art of Faith
Defining Christian Artp. 5
The Missing Yearsp. 9
The Eras of Christian Artp. 12
The Art of Survivalp. 19
The Holy Trinity
God the Fatherp. 25
Jesus Christp. 28
Stories About Jesusp. 36
Miracles of Jesusp. 53
The Christian Crossp. 61
The Holy Spiritp. 70
The Unseen World
Choirs of Angelsp. 75
The Afterlifep. 80
Faithful Followers
Old Testament Peoplep. 87
New Testament Peoplep. 101
Church Doctors and Saintsp. 110
Sacred Symbols
Flowers and Plantsp. 123
Fruit, Nuts, and Grainsp. 133
Trees and Bushesp. 140
Real and Mythic Animalsp. 146
Birds, Fish, and Insectsp. 157
The Human Bodyp. 168
Sacred Colorsp. 173
Geometric Shapesp. 179
Monogram Lettersp. 184
Popular Numbersp. 187
Liturgical Art
The Church Yearp. 195
Holy Daysp. 201
The Seven Sacramentsp. 204
Rituals and Customsp. 207
Objects and Vesselsp. 216
Liturgical Booksp. 228
Vestments and Adornmentsp. 235
Questions to Ask About Sacred Artp. 253
Looking for Images Onlinep. 254
Galleries, Libraries, and Museumsp. 255
Glossary of Art Termsp. 257
Author Notesp. 269
Index of Artp. 273
Index of Names and Termsp. 285
About the Authorp. 306
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ISBN: 9781557256300
ISBN-10: 1557256306
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 200
Published: 1st July 2012
Publisher: Paraclete Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.8  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.43