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Early Christian & Byzantine Art

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Working from the surviving material presented here with the help of superlative photographs, many specially taken for this book, John Lowden explains how and why Early Christian & Byzantine art was made and used. This is an accessible and authoritative book that will inspire anyone who is curious about the origins of Christian art.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published April 24th 1997 by Phaidon Press
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Rachel Terry
Feb 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
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I picked this up at the library because we had a lesson on art in the Middle Ages and I needed some good pictures. But the text was so interesting that I ended up reading the whole thing. In addition to the great writing and fascinating history, the page layout in this book is beautiful. The margins are to die for! If I were ever to design a book, I would make it look just like this one, except for one thing. Rebecca looked at the cover and said, "There's no title on this book," which is almost ...more
Michael Pennington
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How to depict the face of God? Moses on Mt Sinai received the commandment prohibiting the making of any image or likeness of anything in heaven above, or in the earth beneath, or in the waters under the earth. Yet in the days of early Christian & Byzantine art to conceptualise the spirit, the transcendental led to, perhaps, my favourite period in art. What do we see when we look above, inside and beyond? This book explores that journey, beautifully.
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After studying English as an undergraduate at Cambridge, John Lowden took the MA (1977) and PhD (1980) at The Courtauld. He had a temporary appointment in art history at St Andrews, before joining the academic staff of The Courtauld in 1982. He is active nationally and internationally as a member of scientific committees (Anjou Bible-Leuven), advisory boards (chair, Catalogue of Illuminated Manusc ...more
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