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The Passion in Art : Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts - Richard Harries

The Passion in Art

Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts

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Jesus was not depicted on the cross until the early fifth century. Since then this scene has been painted or carved in sharply differing ways. With the aid of over thirty full-page plates, The Passion in Art explores the historical contexts and theologies that led to such differing depictions. Because the first Christians saw the Crucifixion and Resurrection of Jesus as different aspects of a unified victory over sin and death, scenes of the Passion are juxtaposed with some of the Resurrection, which again are highly varied in what they do and do not show. This is the first book to consider the Passion as portrayed in the whole sweep of Christian history. Each picture is considered both from the point of view of its context and its theological standpoint. Spanning the centuries, the images reproduced and discussed include: scenes from the Passion of Christ in the Catacombs of Domitilla, mosaics in Ravenna, the Rabbula Crucifixion and Resurrection, the Crucifixion Plaque from Metz, the Gero Crucifix, Cimabue's Crucifix, Giotto's Noli me Tangere, Piero della Francesca's Resurrection, the Isenheim altarpiece, Caravaggio's Supper at Emmaus, Rembrandt's Christ on the Cross, Chagall's White Crucifixion, contemporary paintings by Stanley Spencer, Graham Sutherland, Nicholas Mynheer, and many more works of great acclaim.

'This is an excellent aid to reflection on the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ.' www.christianbookshops.org.uk 'It is a very remarkable, interesting and stimulating book. The pictures are well produced and Harries goes to the heart of the matter, unpicking and articulating a range of questions and reflections on the images. The book spans the centuries and is a remarkable collection of images which explore the context and theologies that led to such differing depictions of the Passion.' Contact '... the quality of production of the book is very high and the illustrations are beautifully done, and it would provide a very helpful support for anyone whose primary interest is in the contemplation of the images.' Art & Christianity 'The Passion in Art proves the artistic importance of the Paschal Mystery, from second-century inscriptions in the catacombs to the work of Nicholas Mynheer... This book serves as a useful introduction to the subject and is particularly valuable in sketching the broad developments of the theme and placing each depiction in its cultural and theological context.' The Art Book 'This beautiful book by the highly respected and scholarly bishop of Oxford shows clearly how sacred art functions as a theological locus, as a place of divine revelation for those who have eyes to see.' Worship

Introduction
Symbols in the Catacombs - 2nd and 3rd centuries
The victory of the Passion - a 4th-century sarcophagus
The first depiction of Christ on the cross - a 5th-century ivory
Women discover the empty tomb - a 6th-century mosaic
Christ in a long tunic - a 6th-century Gospel book
On the edges of empire - signs in stone from the 7th century
Christ dead on the cross - an 11th-century mosaic
Doubting Thomas - a Byzantine mosaic
The Anastasis - an 11th-century mosaic
Classical and cosmic - a Carolingian bookcover of the Crucifixion from the 9th century
A sense of the poignant - an Ottonian crucifix of the 10th century
Christ reigns from the cross as Priest and King - a Romanesque carving of the 11th century
On the road to Emmaus - a romanesque relief of the 12th century
The Chairete - a Venetian mosaic of the 12th century
The influence of the Theologians - a 13th-century illuminated Gospel
The Sublime Cimabue (1240-1302)
Noli Me Tangere - Giotto's masterpiece of the early 14th century
A lily crucifix of the late 14th Century
The Anastasis - a 14th-century fresco
The Man of Sorrows (c.1490)
Christ rises from the grave - Piero della Francesca's humanist vision of the 15th century
Extreme agony - The Isenheim altarpiece
The Supper at Emmaus by Caravaggio in the 17th century
Jesus alone - Rembrandt
Caspar David Friedrich and the Cross in Landscape
The White Crucifixion
Christ on the Cross
The Crucifixion
The Noli Me Tangere
The Supper at Emmaus
'A sword shall pierce through thy own soul' - Crucifixion
Menorah
The Incredulity of Thomas
Notes
Index
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ISBN: 9780754650119
ISBN-10: 0754650111
Series: Routledge Studies in Theology, Imagination and the Arts
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 28th November 2004
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.8 x 17.1  x 1.02
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Type: New edition