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The many faces of Christ : portraying the Holy in the East and West, 300 to 1300

Author: Michele Bacci
Publisher: London, UK : Reaktion Books, 2014. ©2014
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Thanks to current portrayals of Jesus of Nazareth, we are apt to think of him as having long hair and a short beard. But, the holy scriptures do not describe Christ's physiognomy, and his representations are inconsistent in early Christian and medieval arts. How did this long-haired archetype come to be accepted in the late ninth century as the standard iconography of the Son of God? To answer this question, The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.; Jesus.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Bacci
ISBN: 9781780232683 1780232683
OCLC Number: 859583555
Description: 294 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1. The myth of the archetypal image. Lifetime portraits in Asia --
Christian Acheiropoieta and the authentic portraits of Christ and the Virgin Mary --
Mythic and material images --
Material indicators of holy persons' earthly presence --
The exercise of sight and the art of body inspection --
Figurative and written records of the holy men's physical characteristics --
Part 2. The looks and locks of Jesus of Nazareth. Christ's controversial visibility --
Handsome or ugly? --
Conflicting hairstyles --
Christ's 'Identikit' --
The colour of Christ's skin --
Disputations on curly and woolly hair --
Hair and priestly fashion --
Christ's long hair and St. Paul's baldness.
Responsibility: Michele Bacci.

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The Many Faces of Christ is a captivating study into the controversial development of the iconographic, messianic image of Jesus popularised today.  Read more...

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