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Crucifixion (New Testament series) [Hardcover]

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The tragic climax to the Gospel stories, the Crucifixion of Christ is the pivotal event of Christianity. This volume presents a chronological sequence of over 100 of the finest Crucifixion images produced by the greatest artists in the Christian tradition, ranging from the earliest catacomb art to the late twentieth century.

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The tragic climax to the Gospel stories, the Crucifixion of Christ is the pivotal event of Christianity. In theological terms, it is God's sacrifice of Himself to redeem mankind; in human terms it is the ultimate tragedy and a hugely evocative symbol of suffering and human sacrifice. As Christianity's supreme image, the Crucifixion has been endlessly represented by artists throughout the centuries. This volume presents a chronological sequence of over 100 of the finest Crucifixion images produced by the greatest artists in the Christian tradition, ranging from the earliest catacomb art to the late twentieth century.

The subject is always the same, the means of representing it always different -- in style, mood, medium, scale. Perusing this powerful volume, the reader is taken on a prolonged meditation, focusing on the universal themes of suffering, sacrifice and redemption, and reflecting on the power of art to transcend its grim subject matter and to create out of it works of compelling beauty.

Sparing in words, stark and simple in presentation, this book is nevertheless eloquent -- a harrowing but ultimately inspiring commentary on divine and human sacrifice, and on the mysterious power of art to express both religious feeling and the extremes of human emotion.

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Studio: Phaidon Press
Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.36" Width: 5.66" Height: 1.09"
Weight:   1.1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2000
Publisher   Phaidon Press
Age  13-22
Edition  New  
ISBN  0714839418  
ISBN13  9780714839417  

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1Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Criticism
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Excellent for Devotional Reflections, Especially During Lent  Dec 28, 2000
This collection has four books (Annunciation, Last Supper, Crucifixion, Descent) which will be a treasure to all those who love great art, and especially those attracted to religious art. Each book is beautifully bound in its own brilliant metallic color: gold, silver, bronze and copper. The unique size and color of the books make this set aesthetically pleasing. It is a wonderful collection to display on any shelf. The prints, more than 100 in each book, are of superb quality. Phaidon, the publisher, is recognized for excellence and elegance in all their printing. There is scant text; each book has a New Testament scriptural preface, then a brief caption accompanies each image.

As the titles project, a central event in Christ's life is elucidated by the world's best artistic masters; each brings their own commentary to the selected Christological theme. Most enjoyable, and educational, is the progression through time, starting with early art pieces and finishing with contemporary masters. From beginning to end, each book is a wonderful journey through time.

Stunning. macabre, painful and finally humbling were some of the feelings I experienced as I journeyed with the masters through the 120 plates that depicted the crucifixion of Christ. Unlike "Annunciation" and "Last Supper", two other books in this Phaidon set, where you can see the changes in the artist interpretation of the event through the ages, the image of the painful and gruesome death of Christ in "Crucifixion" changes little over the 1600 years covered here. The inhumanity of the crucifixion travels vividly through the ages; from the earliest picture, painted by the monk Rabbula in Mesopotamia (586 AD) to Lovis Corinth's (1907) and Stanley Spenser's (1958) disturbing images. You can not come away from viewing this book without realizing the pain and suffering that occurred on the cross. This is a book I will return to as a devotional, especially during Lent, to rethink the cost of redemption. Excellent. Highly Recommended.


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