Religious Art
100 Illustrated Bible Verses: Inspiring Words. Beautiful Art.
100 Illustrated Bible Verses
Inspiring Words. Beautiful Art.
Paperback      ISBN: 0761185666
A book for every believer. A book of comfort. A book of wisdom. A book to lift the spirits. A book to put on a night table or to keep always in that special place where one sits, reads, meditates, prays. A book to give to loved ones for any occasion. Bible verses, a timeless source of guidance, peace, and rejuvenation, are given a very special treatment here: illustrated in colorful letterpress styles that bring each phrase and expression to life in a fresh and meaningful way.100 Illustrated Bible Verses sings with the pleasure and surprise of art, helping the reader experience the living word in a new and vibrant way. Plus, with its flaps and ribbon marker, the book itself is an elegant gift. Drawn from various translations and arranged in order from Genesis 1:1—In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth—through Revelation,100 Illustrated Bible Verses is a selection of the most distinctly meaningful passages from the Old and New Testaments, made even more powerful through the transformative lens of art.
Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
Accounts and Images of Six Kannon in Japan
Hardcover      ISBN: 0824856228
Buddhists around the world celebrate the benefits of worshipping Kannon (Avalokitesvara), a compassionate savior who is one of the most beloved in the Buddhist pantheon. When Kannon appears in multiple manifestations, the deity’s powers are believed to increase to even greater heights. This concept generated several cults throughout history: among the most significant is the cult of the Six Kannon, which began in Japan in the tenth century and remained prominent through the sixteenth century. In this ambitious work, Sherry Fowler examines the development of the Japanese Six Kannon cult, its sculptures and paintings, and its transition to the Thirty-three Kannon cult, which remains active to this day. An exemplar of Six Kannon imagery is the complete set of life-size wooden sculptures made in 1224 and housed at the Kyoto temple Daihoonji. This set, along with others, is analyzed to demonstrate how Six Kannon worship impacted Buddhist practice. Employing a diachronic approach, Fowler presents case studies beginning in the eleventh century to reinstate a context for sets of Six Kannon, the majority of which have been lost or scattered, and thus illuminates the vibrancy, magnitude, and distribution of the cult and enhances our knowledge of religious image-making in Japan. Kannon’s role in assisting beings trapped in the six paths of transmigration is a well-documented catalyst for the selection of the number six, but there are other significant themes at work. Six Kannon worship includes significant foci on worldly concerns such as childbirth and animal husbandry, ties between text and image, and numerous correlations with Shinto kami groups of six. While making groups of Kannon visible, Fowler explores the fluidity of numerical deity categorizations and the attempts to quantify the invisible. Moreover, her investigation reveals Kyushu as an especially active site in the history of the Six Kannon cult. Much as Kannon images once functioned to attract worshippers, their presentation in this book will entice contemporary readers to revisit their assumptions about East Asia’s most popular Buddhist deity.

All Great Art Is Praise: Art and Religion in John Ruskin
All Great Art Is Praise
Art and Religion in John Ruskin
Hardcover      ISBN: 0813228921
In English art critic Ruskin's (1819-1900) writing, art and religion must never be held apart, says Nichols, and as the writing progresses, the robust anti-Catholicism enters on a trajectory of philo-Catholicism that might well have ended in reception into the Catholic Church had he not descended into madness and silence. Among his topics are Turner and truth: Modern Painters, Pre-Raphaeitism and the Edinburgh lectures, Byzantium and the Goths: The Stones of Venice II, the rose and the worm: Modern Painters V, university with a difference: the Oxford lectures, and from Tuscany to the Somme. Annotation ©2017 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (
Hardcover      ISBN: 0810994364
Features more than three hundred images of angels, ranging from the sculpted panels of Ghiberti to the paintings of Marc Chagall, accompanied by biblical passages and brief explanations of symbolism and meaning.
Angels And Demons in Art
Angels And Demons in Art
Paperback      ISBN: 0892368306
This sumptuously illustrated volume analyzes artists' representations of angels and demons and heaven and hell from the Judeo-Christian tradition and describes how these artistic portrayals evolved over time. As with other books in the Guide to Imagery series, the goal of this volume is to help contemporary art enthusiasts decode the symbolic meanings in the great masterworks of Western Art. The first chapter traces the development of images of the Creation and the Afterworld from descriptions of them in the Scriptures through their evolution in later literary and philosophical works. The following two chapters examine artists' depictions of the two paths that humans may take, the path of evil or the path of salvation, and the punishments or rewards found on each. A chapter on the Judgment Day and the end of the world explores portrayals of the mysterious worlds between life and death and in the afterlife. Finally, the author looks at images of angelic and demonic beings themselves and how they came to be portrayed with the physical attributes--wings, halos, horns, and cloven hooves--with which we are now so familiar. Thoroughly researched by and expert in the field of iconography, Angels and Demons in Art will delight readers with an interest in art or religious symbolism.

Paperback      ISBN: 0714844470
A beautiful and evocative collection of over 100 representations of the Annunciation, presented in chronological order, each on a single page with a caption opposite. 'In the sixth month the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David.

Another Brush With God: Further Conversations About Icons
Another Brush With God
Further Conversations About Icons
Paperback      ISBN: 0819222984
- Introduces readers to a more advanced level in icon development, exploring more complex imagery and skills - Step-by-step instructions for painting icons, from original drawings through finished product - Includes eight full-color plates of the author's original icons This is the sequel to the authors previous work, A Brush with God, for advanced beginners, intermediate, and advanced iconographers. It presents greater detail and instructions for creating entirely new icons. One major feature of the new book is the full-page sketches that artists can photocopy and use as the basis of their own icons, providing a unique and much-requested resource. Chapters and topics include: - Introduction and contemporary reflections on iconography, spirituality, and technique. - Highlighting folds on full-length figures, including black and white renderings of draped legs, arms, and torsos. - Architectural and landscape renderings in Byzantine iconography, including background shadow and highlighting techniques, plus inverse perspective. - Festal icons, involving multiple figures, landscapes, architecture, furniture, vegetation, and animals. - Construction of heads, figures, and analysis of whole compositions, sacred geometry and proportion.
Art & Prayer: The Beauty of Turning to God
Art & Prayer
The Beauty of Turning to God
Hardcover      ISBN: 1612615724
"Prayer is natural for human beings, a spontaneous impulse common in all people. Yet, beyond instinct, there is a kind of prayer that's conscious and articulate, that we have to be taught. There is an "art of prayer," when faith and prayer become creative responses by which creatures made in the image and likeness of the Creator relate to him with help of the imagination. Timothy Verdon explores these essential interactions in this magnificent book. Richly illustrated, Monsignor Verdon explains that images work in believers as tools that teach them how to turn to God. Art and Prayer explores these interactions in detail, demonstrating that prayer can become a fruit of the sanctified imagination - a way of beauty and turning to God. "--
Art + Religion in the 21st Century
Art + Religion in the 21st Century
Hardcover      ISBN: 0500239312
A fresh approach to the connection between art and religion that seeks to redefine their relationship in the contemporary age

Art in Action: Toward a Christian Aesthetic
Art in Action
Toward a Christian Aesthetic
Paperback      ISBN: 0802818161
From the perspective of Christian theology, discusses aesthetics, the philosophy of art, and the role of art in urban life