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Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art
by Jeffrey Spier, Steven Fine , Herbert L. Kessler , Robin Margaret Jensen , Johannes Deckers , Mary Charles-Murray
'Picturing the Bible' explores the vast tradition of Christian art at its very beginnings in the 3rd century AD, just as Christianity was emerging from its clandestine status to become the state religion of the Roman Empire. This book reveals the story of how Christian art began through insights from recent discoveries.
Paperback, 328 pages
Published January 6th 2009 by Yale University Press
(first published December 13th 2007)
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A beautiful and well-researched book in a subject area that has too often been overlooked. Forget all the Gothic gruesomeness of the Last Judgment and the beatific blonde virgins of the early Renaissance, and see how some of the world's earliest Christians pictured their faith! Taken mostly from tomb paintings and sculptures, since those were often the only art that survived from the early centuries of Christianity, Picturing the Bible is a fascinating read for anyone who enjoys trying to peer ...more