The Christian Year in Painting

The Christian Year in Painting


Since the Middle Ages, the stories of Christianity have exerted a profound influence over the development of Western art. In The Christian Year in Painting, John S. Dixon explores this inextricable link between Christianity and the art of Europe through detailed analyses of the formal qualities and symbolism of each painting.

Painters of the early, high and late Renaissance art in Italy, Spain and northern Europe learned their craft while they were in the employ of the church and devout patrons, producing depictions of biblical scenes for the clergy and worshippers alike. In his book, Dixon considers how some of the most recognisable figures in art history – Raphael, Rembrandt and Caravaggio – were shaped by Christian stories and themes.

Full illustrations and close-up details of the featured works are accompanied by comparative illustrations of paintings and sculptures of the subjects by other artists.

Product Code 1046327
Author John S Dixon
Dimensions 23.4 x 2.3 x 29.2 cm
Format Hardback
ISBN 9781908970343
Pages 192
Published March 2018
Publisher Art / Books
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