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Understanding Early Christian Art

Understanding Early Christian Art
  • Author : Robin Margaret Jensen
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  • Release Date :2013-04-15
  • Total pages :240
  • ISBN : 1135951705
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Summary : Understanding Early Christian Art is designed for students of both religion and of art history. It makes the critical tools of art historians accessible to students of religion, to help them understand better the visual representations of Christianity. It will also aid art historians in comprehending the complex theology, history and context of Christian art. This interdisciplinary and boundary-breaking approach will enable students in several fields to further their understanding and knowledge of the art of the early Christian era. Understanding Early Christian Art contains over fifty images with parallel text.

The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art

The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art
  • Author : Robin M. Jensen,Mark D. Ellison
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  • Release Date :2018-05-20
  • Total pages :398
  • ISBN : 1317514173
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Summary : The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art surveys a broad spectrum of Christian art produced from the late second to the sixth centuries. The first part of the book opens with a general survey of the subject and then presents fifteen essays that discuss specific media of visual art—catacomb paintings, sculpture, mosaics, gold glass, gems, reliquaries, ceramics, icons, ivories, textiles, silver, and illuminated manuscripts. Each is written by a noted expert in the field. The second part of the book takes up themes relevant to the study of early Christian art. These seven chapters consider the ritual practices in decorated spaces, the emergence of images of Christ’s Passion and miracles, the functions of Christian secular portraits, the exemplary mosaics of Ravenna, the early modern history of Christian art and archaeology studies, and further reflection on this field called “early Christian art.” Each of the volume’s chapters includes photographs of many of the objects discussed, plus bibliographic notes and recommendations for further reading. The result is an invaluable introduction to and appraisal of the art that developed out of the spread of Christianity through the late antique world. Undergraduate and graduate students of late classical, early Christian, and Byzantine culture, religion, or art will find it an accessible and insightful orientation to the field. Additionally, professional academics, archivists, and curators working in these areas will also find it valuable as a resource for their own research, as well as a textbook or reference work for their students.

The Art of Empire

The Art of Empire
  • Author : Lee M. Jefferson,Robin M. Jensen
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  • Release Date :2015-10-01
  • Total pages :368
  • ISBN : 1506402844
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Summary : In recent years, art historians such as Johannes Deckers (Picturing the Bible, 2009) have argued for a significant transition in fourth- and fifth-century images of Jesus following the conversion of Constantine. Broadly speaking, they perceive the image of a peaceful, benevolent shepherd transformed into a powerful, enthroned Jesus, mimicking and mirroring the dominance and authority of the emperor. The powers of church and state are thus conveniently synthesized in such a potent image. This deeply rooted position assumes that ante-pacem images of Jesus were uniformly humble while post-Constantinian images exuded the grandeur of power and glory. The Art of Empire contends that the art and imagery of Late Antiquity merits a more nuanced understanding of the context of the imperial period before and after Constantine. The chapters in this collection each treat an aspect of the relationship between early Christian art and the rituals, practices, or imagery of the Empire, and offer a new and fresh perspective on the development of Christian art in its imperial background.

Early Christian Art

Early Christian Art
  • Author : André Grabar
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  • Release Date :1969
  • Total pages :325
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Summary : The beginnings of any historical movement are bound to be mysterious. So it is with Christianity, and so it is with Christian art. Into the ordered world of late classicism came the arresting voice and disturbing gaze of men "heavy with conscience" for whom art was only a medium for higher truth. André Grabar traces the emergence of this art from its pagan background and shows the social and spiritual forces that governed its growth. "Early Christian Art" covers a vast area (from Spain to Syria) and a vast theme (since content and meaning are inseparable from expression). Chapters are devoted to painting and sculpture during the persecutions, to the great Roman basilicas and Old St. Peter's, to the mosaics of Saint Costanza and to the haunting and still too little known sarcophaguses of the 4th century. The book also includes a section of ancient texts relating to art, a chronological table and a glossary-index, and the whole work is the fruition of a great scholar's life-work. -- From publisher's description.

Early Christian Art and Architecture

Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • Author : Robert Milburn,Robert Leslie Pollington Milburn
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  • Release Date :1988-01-01
  • Total pages :318
  • ISBN : 9780520063266
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Early Christian Art and Architecture

Early Christian Art and Architecture
  • Author : Guntram Koch
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  • Release Date :1996
  • Total pages :184
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Summary : The early Christian period, especially the time between the third and sixth centuries, is one of the most fascinating in church history. The Christianity which developed into a state church in the Roman empire during the fourth century gave new content to traditional Graeco-Roman art and adapted it to changed needs. Different forms of churches, monasteries and baptisms came into being, as did Christian art in paintings, mosaics and sculptures; biblical manuscripts were illustrated and liturgical furnishings and vessels were given new form. Here for the first time in a single volume is an account of architecture sacred and profane, funerary art in catacombs and tombs and especially sarcophagi, the graphic arts and the various forms of art in miniature. The text is illustrated with numerous line drawings and photographs, including ground plans and elevations of churches, actual and conjectural, and there are full descriptions of the art and architecture discussed against its social and historical background. In addition there are full bibliographies and details of the most important collections of Christian art. This will prove not only an invaluable work for art historians but also a guide for those travelling in the Mediterranean area and an indication of the riches of the first centuries of the church. Guntram Koch is Professor of Christian Archaeology and the History of Byzantine Art in the University of Marburg.

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity
  • Author : Robin M. Jensen
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  • Release Date :2012-06-01
  • Total pages :256
  • ISBN : 1441236279
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Summary : What can we learn from early Christian imagery about the theological meaning of baptism? Robin Jensen, a leading scholar of early Christian art and worship, examines multiple dimensions of the early Christian baptismal rite. She explores five models for understanding baptism--as cleansing from sin, sickness, and Satan; as incorporation into the community; as sanctifying and illuminative; as death and regeneration; and as the beginning of the new creation--showing how visual images, poetic language, architectural space, and symbolic actions signify and convey the theological meaning of this ritual practice. Considering image and action together, Jensen offers a holistic and integrated understanding of the power of baptism. The book is illustrated with photos.

Early Christian Art

Early Christian Art
  • Author : Charles Rufus Morey
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  • Release Date :1953
  • Total pages :296
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The Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry

The Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry
  • Author : Roald Dijkstra
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  • Release Date :2016-01-18
  • Total pages :568
  • ISBN : 9004309748
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Summary : In The Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry the relation between visual and poetic images of Christ’s closest followers is discussed from the time of the first Christian figural images and poetry till the political end of the undivided Roman Empire (250-400).

Early Christian Art

Early Christian Art
  • Author : Eduard Syndicus
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  • Release Date :1962
  • Total pages :188
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Summary : Outlines the history of Christian art from its beginning through the first six centuries of its development. It actually began with drawings on tombstones and in burial vaults. A study of such drawings clearly shows the gradual change in attitude brought about by Christianity: the first drawings portrayed everyday scenes in life but, as Christian teachings spread, the art began to depict man's thoughts of death and resurrection. The author presents a detailed discussion of the basilica, the martyrium, the early images of Christ, and the logos on the cross. He compares the various forms of early Christian architecture, and outlines the changing art of the period of migrations. A discussion of Carolingian art rounds out this definitive work.

Picturing the Bible

Picturing the Bible
  • Author : Jeffrey Spier,Kimbell Art Museum,Kimbell art museum (Fort Worth, Tex.).
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  • Release Date :2007
  • Total pages :309
  • ISBN : 9780300116830
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Summary : Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Kimbell Art Museum and shown there November 18, 2007 - March 30, 2008.

Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism

Living Water: Images, Symbols, and Settings of Early Christian Baptism
  • Author : Robin Jensen
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  • Release Date :2010-11-19
  • Total pages :305
  • ISBN : 9004188983
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Summary : An interdisciplinary study of the practice and purpose of early Christian baptism as it is depicted in pictorial art and as it was practiced in-built structures, this book integrates physical remains with literary evidence for the early Christian initiation rite.

Early Christian Art

Early Christian Art
  • Author : Wolfgang Fritz Volbach,Max Hirmer
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  • Release Date :1961
  • Total pages :363
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Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art

Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art
  • Author : Lee M. Jefferson
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  • Release Date :2014-01-01
  • Total pages :176
  • ISBN : 1451479840
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Summary : Artistic representations were of significant value to early Christian communities. In Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art, Lee Jefferson argues that images provided visual representations of vital religious and theological truths crucial to the faithful and projected concepts beyond the limitations of the written and spoken word. Images of Christ performing miracles or healings functioned as advertisements for Christianity and illustrated the nature of Christ. Using these images of Christ, Jefferson examines the power of art, its role in fostering devotion, and the deep connection between art and its elucidation of pivotal theological claims.

The Unknown Catacomb

The Unknown Catacomb
  • Author : Antonio Ferrua
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  • Release Date :1991
  • Total pages :180
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Summary : During excavation work in 1955, a unique discovery of early Christian art was made in Rome. Below the city was a catacomb system containing a unique and previously unknown collection of paintings and decoration. This book tells of the discovery and of the research and preservation work carried out to conserve it.

The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology

The Eerdmans Encyclopedia of Early Christian Art and Archaeology
  • Author : Finney
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  • Release Date :2017
  • Total pages :130
  • ISBN : 0802890164
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Summary : More than 400 distinguished scholars, including archaeologists, art historians, historians, epigraphers, and theologians, have written the 1,455 entries in this monumental encyclopedia--the first comprehensive reference work of its kind. From Aachen to Zurzach, Paul Corby Finney's three-volume masterwork draws on archaeological and epigraphic evidence to offer readers a basic orientation to early Christian architecture, sculpture, painting, mosaic, and portable artifacts created roughly between AD 200 and 600 in Africa, Asia, and Europe. Clear, comprehensive, and richly illustrated, this work will be an essential resource for all those interested in late antique and early Christian art, archaeology, and history. --

Symbols and Emblems of Early and Mediaeval Christian Art

Symbols and Emblems of Early and Mediaeval Christian Art
  • Author : Louisa Twining
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  • Release Date :1885
  • Total pages :220
  • ISBN :
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Face to Face

Face to Face
  • Author : Robin Margaret Jensen
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  • Release Date :
  • Total pages :234
  • ISBN : 9781451417517
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Summary : Examining how God and eventually Christ are portrayed in early Christian art, Jensen explores questions of the relationship between art and theology, conflicts over idolatry and iconography, and how the Christological controversies affected the portrayals of Christ. Since much of this art comes from ancient Rome, she places her analysis in the context of the history of Roman portraiture. One hundred photographs enhance the discussion.

Age of Spirituality

Age of Spirituality
  • Author : Kurt Weitzmann,Hans-Georg Beck
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  • Release Date :1980
  • Total pages :174
  • ISBN : 0870992295
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Early Christian and Byzantine Art

Early Christian and Byzantine Art
  • Author : John Beckwith,Richard Krautheimer,Slobodan Ćurčić
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  • Release Date :1986
  • Total pages :553
  • ISBN : 9780300052961
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Summary : Focusing on mosaics, sculpture, paintings, jewelry, and silk, the author examines this artistic style as an expression of religious thought