Religious Art
The Ecumenism of Beauty
The Ecumenism of Beauty
Hardcover      ISBN: 161261924x
A landmark book on the role of visual arts, beauty and aesthetics in ecumenical exchange.
In a visual age, this book shares the belief that beauty and art can bridge differences. Essays from catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, and Protestant artists, scholars, clergy and theologians explore beauty as a means to unify the body of Christ. The occasion of the Reformation commemoration year offers a time to reflect on the rich artistic heritage shared by all Christians and an opportunity to learn from other traditions.

"The Ecumenism of Beauty is a call to the church to again embrace the arts in service to its liturgy and mission." --Sandra Bowden, Collector, Curator and Past President of Christians in the Visual Arts

Essays include Calvin and the Visual Arts: The Aesthetics of Soli Deo Gloria, The Artist as Contemplative, and Art and the Liturgy.

Contributors to this book include:
Timothy Verdon, Editor -- Museo dell'Opera del Duomo, Director (Florence, Italy)
William Dyrness -- Fuller Theological Seminary, Professor of Theology
J r me Cottin -- University of Strasbourg, Professor of Practical Theology
Susan S. Kanaga --Mount Tabor Ecumenical Centre for Art & Spirituality, Artist
Philippo Rossi -- Florentine Study Centre of Stanford University, Visiting Professor
Martin Shannon -- The Community of Jesus, Liturgist and Director of Formation

The work of contributors Susan S. Kanaga and Filippo Rossi is currently on display at the Grande Museo del Duomo in Florence, Italy. For more information visit artsandecumenism.org.
Encountering God Through Dance: The Dancing Bride
Encountering God Through Dance
The Dancing Bride
Paperback      ISBN: 0768441277

Release the Kingdom through Dance

You can experience God's presence and healing power through dance.

"Encountering God Through Dance" equips believers to worship Jesus in wholehearted devotion--to express love without fear or shame.

What people are saying: "Encountering God Through Dance" is the wonderful journey of a radical lover of God...and a manual for instruction and inspiration. --Bill Johnson, Senior Pastor, Bethel Church This is by far the most refreshing book I have read in a long time. Saara Taina has given her life to a core area of life that is far too marginalized in many churches. --Marc A. Dupont, Mantle of Praise Ministries, Inc. Rarely do you see a book that offers passion, testimonies, and biblical expertise so that others can be fully equipped. --Theresa Dedmon, Director of Prophetic Arts, Bethel Church We have personally experienced the breakthrough power of the dance many, many times in Succat Hallel, our 24/7 worship room that overlooks Mount Zion in Jerusalem. --Rick and Patti Ridings, Succat Hallel

The author's personal journey of devotion through dance has taken her worldwide. She wraps her exciting travels with a solid biblical framework for the importance of dance in the Kingdom of God--on earth, today

Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art
Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art
Hardcover      ISBN: 0300233655
An in-depth and current investigation of how the spiritual is manifestly present in contemporary art

The spiritual is everywhere evident in contemporary art, and this publication fulfills a long-awaited need. Encountering the Spiritual in Contemporary Art addresses the subject in depth for the first time in over three decades. It significantly broadens the scope of previous studies to include new media and non-Western and Indigenous art (in addition to that of the West), presents art from diverse cultures with equal status, promotes cultural specificity, and moves beyond notions of "center and periphery," celebrating the plurality and global nature of contemporary art today. Major essays based on cultural affinities are interspersed with brief thematic essays to provide diverse perspectives and expand the knowledge of academic and general audiences.

Encountering the Spiritual provides an alternative to the main currents of presentation and interpretation prevalent in contemporary art, appealing to believers, agnostics, and inveterate skeptics alike. This essential publication demonstrates that the need to address the fundamental questions of life are both innate and ongoing.
Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom
Ethiopia
The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom
Hardcover      ISBN: 9774168437

The ancient Axumite Kingdom, now a part of Ethiopia, was possibly the first nation in the world to convert to Christianity. In AD 340 King Ezana commissioned the construction of the imposing basilica of St. Mary of Tsion. It was here, the Ethiopians say, that Menelik, son of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, brought the Ark of the Covenant containing the Ten Commandments. By the fifth century, the Ethiopian Orthodox Church had spread beyond Axum into the countryside, aided by nine saints from Byzantium, and over the next ten centuries a series of spectacular churches were either built or excavated out of solid rock in the region, all of them in regular use to this day. Lalibela, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has the best known cluster, but the northern state of Tigray, less famous and more remote, has many churches that are masterpieces of design.
Ethiopia: The Living Churches of an Ancient Kingdom traces the broad sweep of ecclesiastical history, legend, art, and faith in this sub-Saharan African kingdom and describes some seventy of the most breathtaking churches, with their astounding architecture, colorful decoration, and important religious festivals, all illustrated by more than eight hundred superb color photographs by some of the most celebrated international photographers of traditional cultures. This magnificent, large-format, full-color volume is the most comprehensive celebration yet published of the extraordinary Christian architectural and cultural heritage of Ethiopia.
Ethiopia is the third book on iconic sacred places published by Ludwig Publishing and the American University in Cairo Press, following the bestselling success of The Churches of Egypt and The History and Religious Heritage of Old Cairo.

Exporting Caravaggio: The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew
Exporting Caravaggio
The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew
Paperback      ISBN: 1911282247

The Crucifixion of Saint Andrew (1606-7) marks a crucial turning point in the life and artistic development of Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610). One of seven Caravaggio paintings in US collections, and the only altarpiece, it exemplifies the influential tenebristic style the artist developed during his rise to fame in Rome, while signaling the introduction of an even grittier realism in his work. This is the first book-length publication to consider this understudied masterwork in its complex historical and geographic contexts, and to incorporate the findings of a recent conservation study in its assessment of the work.

The Faithful Artist: A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts
The Faithful Artist
A Vision for Evangelicalism and the Arts
Paperback      ISBN: 0830850643

The tension between Christianity and the arts is often real. But it also offers a false dichotomy. Many Christian artists think that they must choose between their faith and their artistic calling. Drawing upon his experiences as both a Christian and a practicing artist, Cameron J. Anderson explores the dynamics of faith and art in this latest volume in IVP Academic's Studies in Theology and the Arts series. Tracing the relationship between evangelicalism and modern art in postwar America--two entities that often found themselves at odds with each other--Anderson raises several issues that confront artists. With skill, sensitivity and insight, he considers questions such as the role of our bodies and our senses in our experience of the arts, the relationship between text and image, the persistent dangers of idolatry, the possibility of pursuing God through an encounter with beauty and more. Throughout this study, Anderson's principal concern is how Christian artists can faithfully pursue their vocational calling in contemporary culture. Readers will find here not only an informed and thoughtful response, but also a vision that offers guidance and hope.

Family Christmas Treasures: A Celebration of Art and Stories
Family Christmas Treasures
A Celebration of Art and Stories
Hardcover      ISBN: 0789334097

The Family Christmas Treasures collection of fine art and literature, at once both classic and contemporary, celebrates the warm, loving, family Christmas as it is enjoyed throughout the world. It focuses on the secular aspects of a family Christmas: spending time with loved ones, exchanging gifts, anticipating the arrival of Santa Claus, decorating the tree and home, cooking and feasting, caroling, and all the other delights that we associate with the magic of the season. Included are excerpts from such classics as Dickens's A Christmas Carol and E.T.A. Hoffmann's The Nutcracker, as well as selections--including those from John Donne, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and L. Frank Baum--that appear in their entirety. Christmas stories by major contemporary writers such as Maeve Binchy and Anna Quindlen provide a balance of old and new. Whether the family faithfully returns to such well-known classics as William Dean Howell's Christmas Every Day or whether they eagerly devour lesser-known gems such as Theodore Roosevelt's The Tree in the White House Closet, they are sure to find tales that fill their hearts with cheer. Accompanying these texts is a collection of exquisite art in full-page, full-color format. Ranging from classic to modern, this collection includes the imaginative creations of such esteemed artists as Norman Rockwell, Thomas Nast, N. C. Wyeth, Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, and many others.

Fractured Faiths / Las Fes Fracturadas: Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities / El Judaísmo Español, La Inquisición Y Identidades
Fractured Faiths / Las Fes Fracturadas
Spanish Judaism, the Inquisition, and New World Identities / El Judaísmo Español, La Inquisición Y Identidades
Hardcover      ISBN: 1934491519

Why does the story of secret Jews fascinate us? What is crypto-Judaism? In recent decades religious practices that were preserved in hiding for centuries have become more widely known. Specifically, families of Spanish Jewish descent have retained elements of Judaism for five hundred years. What incredible religious and cultural tenacity For many these elements represent a discovered identity that helps to explain mysteries in their lives. Is a person Jewish by genes, cultural heritage, religious practice, or by choice? What survives for a person whose ancestors were Jewish five hundred years ago?

Fractured Faiths traces the history of the Sephardic and converso (converted) Jews from their Golden Age to the twenty-first century, in both the land they left behind and in the lands they later settled. Documents, maps, paintings, and objects illuminate the history of Sephardic Jews from Spain to Mexico to New Mexico.

Gods in Print: The Krishna Poster Collection
Gods in Print
The Krishna Poster Collection
Paperback      ISBN: 1608875423

Featuring a stunning selection of forty full-color removable posters selected from Gods in Print: Masterpieces of India's Mythological Art, this spiritual collection contains prints and lithographs of the beautiful and inspirational sacred imagery of Krishna, gathered from all corners of India.

In the late nineteenth century, India experienced a revival of Hindu spiritual art with the introduction of the lithograph. The original Gods in Print was the first comprehensive collection of these early hand-colored lithographs, multiple-block chromolithographs, and offset print images that featured India's rich pantheon of gods and goddesses.

Gods in Print: The Krishna Poster Collection brings forty of the most iconic images of Krishna from Gods in Print into a new removable and frameable format, allowing for greater appreciation of all the details and thought put into each piece. Featuring images of Krishna as the child Gopal, with Radha, battling Kaliya, and many more, this divine gallery is the ultimate poster collection of historical Krishna prints and lithographs for anyone interested in Hinduism, spirituality, mythology, or art.
Gods, Guardians, and Lovers: Temple Sculpture from North India A.D. 700-1200
Gods, Guardians, and Lovers
Temple Sculpture from North India A.D. 700-1200
Paperback      ISBN: 0878480757

A comprehensive catalogue on temple sculptures from North India from the 8th to the 13th centuries, featuring rare stone sculptures from Indian and American museum and private collections. It studies the complexity of diverse forms in a medieval Indian temple as well as fluid functional relationship between different types of forms. It also examines the plethora of forms that grace temple walls and interiors, and studies them as individual, aesthetic objects in a narrowly defined art-historical sense and to place them in a more comprehensive architectural, religious and cultural context.