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Old Testament Figures in Art (A Guide to Imagery #15)
Throughout the Middle Ages, sacred Christian art had two objectives: to express veneration for God and to provide illustrative lessons on the Christian faith to a largely illiterate population. Continuing in the spirit of the other books in this series, Old Testament Figures in Art compiles entries on key figures and events in the Old Testament, beginning with the Pentateu ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published April 29th 2004 by J. Paul Getty Museum
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My mom brought this back from the MET in NYC and I really enjoyed reading it, especially since I wasn't reading it for a paper or exam! Interesting for me after learning about so much of the art in all of my art classes throughout the past several semesters. It is a great reference guide for wonderful works of art that have been done all throughout history of differing depictions of old testament scenes.
Not only do you get to see many different styles of art about different Old Testament figures, but it is all explained well from both symbolic and Biblical points of view. I'm on the home stretch and haven't seen any of the Christian explanations be wrong yet, which is a marvel compared to some other books. HIghly recommended.
Great art, in great reproductions, with often repetitious and simplistic annotations. Actual example, pointing out the king in a painting with a total of 3 men and 1 woman in it: "The king is recognizable thanks to his crown and his particularly sumptuous clothing."