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Gospel Figures in Art

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ISBN-10: 089236727X

ISBN-13: 9780892367276

Edition: 2003

Authors: Stefano Zuffi

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In viewing the great works of sacred Western art, many people find difficulty in understanding the stories and identifying the figures portrayed in them. This informative guide decodes these often-mysterious scenes and reveals a vibrant world of images from the Christian tradition for museum visitors, students, and art enthusiasts alike. Gospel Figures in Art examines depictions of stories and figures from both the New Testament's canonical gospels (the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and the apocryphal gospels (early Christian writings excluded from the New Testament because of their unsubstantiated authorship), which served as rich sources of inspiration for medieval and Renaissance artists. Illustrated with masterpieces from many of the world's premier museums, the art works provided as visual references are carefully analyzed. Sections are devoted to the principal figures in the life of Jesus Christ-his family and the evangelists-and to the major biographical turning points: his birth and baptism, his public life, the miracles and good deeds he performed, his crucifixion, resurrection, and the events that followed. This indispensable resource makes the icons and narratives of sacred art come to life.
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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2003
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/13/2003
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.25" wide x 7.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.782
Language: English

The Evangelists and Their Symbols
Jesus' Family
The Birth and Childhood of Jesus
Stories of Saint John the Baptist
The Public Life of Jesus
Miracles and Parables
The Passion
After the Resurrection
Appendixes
Index of Episodes
Index of Names
The Apocryphal Gospels
Index of Artists
Photography Credits