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The Art of Faith: A Guide to Understanding Christian Images

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Have you stood in front of a painting and thought, What does this mean?

The Art of Faith answers this question again and again, with insight, wit, and verve, providing a thorough reference to Christian art through the centuries. Practical and easy to read, this book unfolds the ancient world of Christian images for believers who want to enrich their faith, college students
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Paraclete Press (first published February 1st 2012)
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M Christopher
A useful primer on the use of Christian images in art. If you've ever stood before a painting and puzzled over the fact that there are elements in it that are obviously supposed to carry meaning but don't for you, this book is a good place to start. It's somewhat limited in that the line art used as examples is pretty rough -- sometimes it's likely to obscure more than it reveals -- but a book with fuller illustrations would cost a lot more. There's also a chapter on the symbolism of vestments - ...more
Jeanette Thomason
I adore this book. I keep it close at hand on my desk, not because it tells me what to think. Rather, it unlocks how to see and experience art for myself, art that is all around: in the eaves of a neighbor's home, sculpture on the city streets, beneath the roof of my own church and others, on chamber walls and in city halls, among museum treasures, in film and books. Succinctly, vividly, creatively, Judith Couchman introduces the language of art and how it articulates not only faith but faith's ...more
Julie Davis
Judith Couchman wished she understood Christian images in art. She wound up with an art history degree, teaching classes at a local college. Later, wishing there was a simple, concise reference that could be carried into a museum, Couchman wrote The Art of Faith. We're lucky she is such a "can-do" person because this book is a real treasure for anyone who ever looked at the painting of Jesus or a saint and said, "Why is all that other stuff in there?"

Couchman uses a few introductory chapters acq
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Fredrick Danysh
The author, an art history, writes about the meanings of Christian art and symbols covering the last 2,000 years. Religious figures are covered as well as the symbolism of clothing, numbers, and parts of the eCatholic mass.
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