Item description for One Hundred Miracles by Christopher Calderhead...
From Jesus' dramatic raising of Lazarus to Saint Francis' courageous taming of the wolf of Gubbio, miracle stories pepper the pages of our greatest and oldest religious texts. These tales blend history and legend to express a deep human desire: To see divinity touch the everyday world. In painting and sculpture, artists across the centuries have given that longing concrete form. This book offers a hundred masterpieces, each with its own dramatic story to tell, from the epic and exalted to the humble and private. Intimate paintings by anonymous icon painters and the Sienese masters of the 15th century Giotto and Raphael. Elijah's fiery chariot carries him to heaven in swirling gilded splendor; the resurrection is seen through the ethereal eyes of William Blake. The walls of the Ghiberti's Jericho tumble at the blast of trumpets; Rembrandt's Christ walks on water. Drawing on spiritual classics such as The Bible, Gregory of Nyssa's The Life of Moses, Jacopo de Voragine's The Golden Legend, and various ancient liturgical poetry, each miracle story depicted is retold with simplicity. Author Christopher Calderhead's accessible and masterful commentary deepens and expands his readers' understanding of these wondrous narratives and accompanying artwork. Hope emerging from despair and the dangerous encounter with the divine are dueling themes that surface repeatedly throughout this volume. Offering extraordinary stories through works of extraordinary beauty, One Hundred Miracles is a breathtaking journey into a world of wonder and mystery; hope and inspiration; elation and transformation.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.2" Width: 8.7" Height: 1" Weight: 3.05 lbs.
Release Date Sep 1, 2004
Publisher Welcome Books
ISBN 1932183280 ISBN13 9781932183283
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More About Christopher Calderhead
Christopher Calderhead is an artist, writer, and Episcopal priest. He studied art history at Princeton and formal calligraphy at the Roehampton Institute in London. In 1998, he was elected to Fellowship in the English Society of Scribes and Illuminators and he has exhibited his work in England and in the United States. For the past few years, Christopher has been documenting the making of the "Saint John's Bible", the first major manuscript Bible to be produced since the invention of printing. This project will soon be published as a book-"The Making of the Saint John's Bible". He is also the associate art editor of "Alphabet, the Journal of the Friends of Calligraphy". Christopher lives and works in New York City.
Christopher Calderhead currently resides in New York City, in the state of New York.
Reviews - What do customers think about One Hundred Miracles?
100 Miracles Jan 4, 2007
This is a nice casual pick-up book with beautiful illustrations of traditional artwork, but a mustard yellow cover under a gorgeous book jacket. (I suppose it's supposed to be gold). The print is smallish yet readable. One should be prepared that these are NOT miracles which are only from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible; most are from various books of the Apocrypha and from The Golden Legend (the latter written by Jacobus de Voragine around 1260). A regular mainstream Bible miracle story book for children this is not. To the authors credit, each story is identified as to is source. I suppose there is always a tension of belief between actual miracles and myth/legend miracles, but I would have preferred it if the book had stuck to Biblical miracles. At the same time, however, I know there is a larger world out there, and for some all miracles are myths. The format of the book is very good, in that the narrative of each miracle faces the artwork of that miracle, and it is confined to those two pages.
A feast for the eyes and for the soul Jul 10, 2006
Christopher Calderhead's One Hundred Miracles is one of those ultimate "coffee table" books. It has a gorgeous cover and is chock full of the most beautiful art reproductions and elegant gilded graphics. One could easily just thumb through it quickly and enjoy the wide selection of paintings, everything from icons and ancient frescoes, through Medieval illustrations to Renaissance and Baroque paintings, up to modern artists such as Chagal, without ever reading more than the captions. This is exactly what I did when I first bought it last Christmas. Recently I have taken to slowly reading it through, cover to cover. For each of the hundred miracles selected,the author paraphrases the original story, talks about it's religious significance, and then in a side bar, talks about the piece of art chosen. It has certainly whetted my appetite to read more from The Golden Legend. I was vaguely aware of many of the stories of the saints, but this book has opened my mind and made me more curious.
This is a lovely book, and it would make a gorgeous gift to any Christian of an artistic bent. Highly recommended.