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

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.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"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; Jésus-Christ; Jesus Christ.; Jésus-Christ; Jésus-Christ - image.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michele Bacci
ISBN: 9781780232683 1780232683
OCLC Number: 897206776
Description: 294 pages : illustrations en partie en couleur ; 25 cm.
Contents: Pt.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.


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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