Christianity has been a central force in the shaping of Western culture for centuries. It is not surprisingthen that the greatest artists through the ages have sought to paint its story.This book tells the history of Christian art, delving into purpose behind the masterpieces and lookingat the context in which they were created. The modern reader who feels detached from the meaning of thepaintings will find help in understanding their emotional as well as their aesthetic power, and the Christianreader will be encouraged to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the Christian cultural legacy.
Michelle P. Brown is Professor of Medieval Manuscript Studies at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, and former Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library.
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