Understanding Early Christian Art

Understanding Early Christian Art
Author: Robin Margaret Jensen
Publsiher: Psychology Press
Total Pages: 221
Release: 2000
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780415204545

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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
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 398
Release: 2018-05-20
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781317514176

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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.

Picturing the Bible

Picturing the Bible
Author: Jeffrey Spier,Kimbell Art Museum,Steven Fine,Kimbell art museum (Fort Worth, Tex.).
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 309
Release: 2007-01-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0300116837

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Published on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Kimbell Art Museum and shown there November 18, 2007 - March 30, 2008.

Understanding Early Christian Art

Understanding Early Christian Art
Author: Robin Margaret Jensen
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-04-15
Genre: History
ISBN: 9781135951771

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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.

Face to Face

Face to Face
Author: Robin Margaret Jensen
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 234
Release: 2022
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 1451417519

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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.

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity

Baptismal Imagery in Early Christianity
Author: Robin M. Jensen
Publsiher: Baker Books
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2012-06-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780801048326

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A leading scholar of early Christian art and worship shows how images, language, architectural space, and symbolic actions convey the theological meaning of baptism.

Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art

Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art
Author: Lee M. Jefferson
Publsiher: Augsburg Fortress Publishers
Total Pages: 233
Release: 2014
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781451477931

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Images and artistic representations were of significant value to the early Christian communities. In Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art, Lee Jefferson argues, in fact, that images provided visual representations of vital religious and theological truths crucial to the faithful, by which art possessed the power to project concepts and claims beyond the limitations of the written and spoken word. Images of Christ performing miracles or healings, as demonstrated in this volume, functioned as advertisements for Christianity and illustrated explications of the nature of Christ. These images of Christ as worker of miracles and healing form the nucleus of an extensive examination of this power of art, its role in fostering devotion, and the deep connection between art and its underwriting and elucidation of pivotal theological claims and developments. (back cover).

Living Water Images Symbols and Settings of Early Christian Baptism

Living Water  Images  Symbols  and Settings of Early Christian Baptism
Author: Robin Jensen
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 338
Release: 2010-11-19
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9789004189089

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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 and Architecture

Early Christian Art and Architecture
Author: Robert Milburn
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 318
Release: 1988-01-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0520074122

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The Dawn of Christian Art in Panel Paintings and Icons

The Dawn of Christian Art in Panel Paintings and Icons
Author: Thomas F. Mathews,Norman E. Muller
Publsiher: Getty Publications
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2017-02-01
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9781606065099

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Staking out new territory in the history of art, this book presents a compelling argument for a lost link between the panel-painting tradition of Greek antiquity and Christian paintings of Byzantium and the Renaissance. While art historians place the origin of icons in the seventh century, Thomas F. Mathews finds strong evidence as early as the second century in the texts of Irenaeus and the Acts of John that describe private Christian worship. In closely studying an obscure set of sixty neglected panel paintings from Egypt in Roman times, the author explains how these paintings of the Egyptian gods offer the missing link in the long history of religious painting. Christian panel paintings and icons are for the first time placed in a continuum with the pagan paintings that preceded them, sharing elements of iconography, technology, and religious usages as votive offerings. Exciting discoveries punctuate the narrative: the technology of the triptych, enormously popular in Europe, traced by the authors to the construction of Egyptian portable shrines, such as the Isis and Serapis of the J. Paul Getty Museum; the discovery that the egg tempera painting medium, usually credited to Renaissance artist Cimabue, has been identified in Egyptian panels a millennium earlier; and the reconstruction of a ring of icons on the chancel of Saint Sophia in Istanbul. This book will be a vital addition to the fields of Egyptian, Graeco-Roman, and late-antique art history and, more generally, to the history of painting.

Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art

Christ the Miracle Worker in Early Christian Art
Author: Lee M. Jefferson
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2014-01-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781451479843

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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 Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry

The Apostles in Early Christian Art and Poetry
Author: Roald Dijkstra
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 568
Release: 2016-01-18
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9789004309746

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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).

The Art of Empire

The Art of Empire
Author: Lee M. Jefferson,Robin M. Jensen
Publsiher: Fortress Press
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2015-10-01
Genre: Religion
ISBN: 9781506402840

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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.

Signs Symbols in Christian Art

Signs   Symbols in Christian Art
Author: George Ferguson,George Wells Ferguson
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 183
Release: 1961
Genre: Art
ISBN: 0195014324

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Examines the use and meaning of Christian symbols found in Renaissance art

The Genesis of Early Christian Art

The Genesis of Early Christian Art
Author: Yukako Suzawa
Publsiher: British Archaeological Reports Limited
Total Pages: 163
Release: 2008
Genre: Art
ISBN: UOM:39015080731600

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In this wide-ranging study of the beginnings of Christian art, the author takes as her starting point the question of positive assimilation between Christian and non-Christian images in early Christian art. This study attempts to determine whether the theological term of syncretism can be appropriate to the study of early Christian art. During her study of the genesis of early Christian art, the author became aware that her attitude toward the notion of syncretism differs from most of the existing literature on early Christian art history and architecture. Some scholars have avoided using the notion of syncretism, and some have used it pejoratively to describe a mish-mash of religions, perhaps taking their cue from the doctrinal discussion of the term by the Church itself. In contrast, in the literature of the history of Japanese religions and art, religious synthesis has been referred to as 'syncretism,' and the term in that literature is defined as a blending of the ideas or practices of different religions that results in a unity of deities.