Our Sacred Signs How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source
Edition: 2005 (Revised)
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Description: The art of the three Abrahamic religions--Christianity Judaism, and Islam--has a tangled, interwoven history. Symbols cross back and forth among the three faiths, adapted to reflect that faith's specific spiritual needs. And much of this symbolic language predates any of the Abrahamic faiths entirely. In Our Sacred Signs, Ori Soltes traces the inter-connectedness of religious symbols such as the Star of David, which isn't, it turns out, exclusive to Judaism at all. He shows that the various ways that Jesus is portrayed on the cross recall an artistic tradition that is in no way unique to Christianity. And he shows that religious architectural conventions as simple as the dome represent early "pagan" traditions. The narrative--essentially a series of overlapping stores--moves through the halls of museums and off to the holy sites of the three religions, tracing the millennia-long artistic trail that has endured even as the West moved toward secularization in the last three hundred years. Soltes shows us how art has long been used as an instrument to take us where words cannot follow. Our Sacred Signs is a breathtaking and revelatory journey through human history, its gods, and its art.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Basic Books
Publication date: 11/1/2005
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
|Introduction : symbols of faith : art as an instrument of religion|
|Symbols in ancient art|
|Monotheism and the development of the Abrahamic traditions|
|Christian symbols from catacomb to cathedral|
|Jewish and Muslim symbols in sacred and profane contexts|
|The survival of symbols in a secularizing western world|
|Symbols of faith in twentieth-century visual art|