Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings

Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings


Christianity is another country, says the author John Drury, and we need to familiarize ourselves with it in order to understand the universal meaning of its art.

In Painting the Word, Drury, an Anglican priest and theologian, looks at religious paintings through the ages and presents them to us in a fresh way - as works filled with passion, stories, and meaning. They become the poetry of such eternal human concerns as birth, death, sacrifice, love, and moral goodness and failure. Drury points out the religious meanings in paintings that range from works by Piero della Francesca to those by Velazquez.

In each case in Painting the Word he views the whole picture - its composition, colour, drawing, figures, and even architecture - and shows how it creates a religious image that addresses the spectator as a spiritual human being.

Drury also provides a historical context for the works, comparing our perception with the perceptions of, for example, the medieval monarch or the Renaissance merchant who first commissioned the work.

Product Code 1017246
ISBN 9780300092943
author John Drury
colour plates 70
format Paperback
GTIN 9780300092943
illustrations 30
pages 210
published Feb 2002
publisher Yale University Press
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