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Seeing salvation : images of Christ in art

Author: Neil MacGregor
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Focusing on images of Christ in high art and popular craft throughout the world - in galleries, churches, museums, private homes, catacombs, and market stalls - MacGregor traces the life of Christ and the development of Christian culture since his birth. He shows how some of the works reveal not only society's view of Christ and of itself but also the inner spiritual turmoil of their creators. MacGregor points to  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Art
Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jésus-Christ; Jesus Christ.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Neil MacGregor
ISBN: 0300084781 9780300084788
OCLC Number: 44922253
Notes: "Published to accompany the television series Seeing salvation, first broadcast on BBC2 in 2000"--Title page verso.
Description: 240 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents: Jan Gossaert: The adoration of the kings --
A king among kings --
Sovereign helplessness --
Pieter Bruegel the Elder: The adoration of the kings --
Signs and deeds --
The quest for the true likeness --
From victory to atonement --
Passion and compassion --
Rembrandt: Three crosses and Michelangelo: Pieta --
The body lowered and raised --
Till kingdom come.
Other Titles: Seeing salvation (Television program)
Responsibility: Neil MacGregor with Erika Langmuir.

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"Focusing on images of Christ in high art and popular craft throughout the world - in galleries, churches, museums, private homes, catacombs, and market stalls - MacGregor traces the life of Christ and the development of Christian culture since his birth. He shows how some of the works reveal not only society's view of Christ and of itself but also the inner spiritual turmoil of their creators. MacGregor points to Michelangelo's successive sculptures of the Pietá, for example, in which the artist left a record of the evolution of his faith and of the anguish and doubt that colored his last days. In the same way, Rembrandt's reworking of his etching of the Crucifixion reveals not just his changing understanding of the event but also his darkening view of life. Throughout, MacGregor argues that images of Christ can still speak powerfully to believers and nonbelievers and that they are as important to us now as a way of understanding our lives as they were when they were made."--Jacket.

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