Angels and Demons in Art
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Angels and Demons in Art

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"Why do angels gave wings? Why do devils have horns? Why do we unhesitatingly conjur up the former in Heaven and the latter in the fires of Hell? These creatures of the spirit, their nature and appearance, their lives with respect to humankind, the places they inhabit, and their complex journeys through time are the subjects of the images illustrated and discussed in this book." -from the Introduction

This lavishly illustrated volume is produced on high-quality paper in full-color. Part of Oxford University Press's "Guide to Imagery" series, it is the authoritative word on Angels and Demons in Art.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 384
Vendor: Oxford University Press
Publication Date: 2005
Dimensions: 5.40 X 7.90 X 1.10 (inches)
ISBN: 0892368306
ISBN-13: 9780892368303
Series: Imagery

Publisher's Description

This sumptuously illustrated volume analyzes artists' representations of angels and demons and heaven and hell from the Judeo-Christian tradition and describes how these artistic portrayals evolved over time. As with other books in the Guide to Imagery series, the goal of this volume is to help contemporary art enthusiasts decode the symbolic meanings in the great masterworks of Western Art.
The first chapter traces the development of images of the Creation and the Afterworld from descriptions of them in the Scriptures through their evolution in later literary and philosophical works. The following two chapters examine artists' depictions of the two paths that humans may take, the path of evil or the path of salvation, and the punishments or rewards found on each. A chapter on the Judgment Day and the end of the world explores portrayals of the mysterious worlds between life and death and in the afterlife. Finally, the author looks at images of angelic and demonic beings themselves and how they came to be portrayed with the physical attributes--wings, halos, horns, and cloven hooves--with which we are now so familiar.
Thoroughly researched by and expert in the field of iconography, Angels and Demons in Art will delight readers with an interest in art or religious symbolism.

Author Bio

Rosa Giorgi is an art historian specializing in iconography. She is the author of Saints in Art, also in the Guide to Imagery series.

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