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Descent (New Testament series) [Hardcover]

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The Descent from the Cross, or Deposition, is the last act in the human drama of Christ's mission on Earth. The pathos of the scene has captured the imagination of artists from every age, and this book presents a chronological sequence of over 100 versions of the event selected from masterpieces of all periods by the great artists.

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The Descent from the Cross, or Deposition, is the last act in the human drama of Christ's mission on earth, in which Joseph of Arimathea obtains Pontius Pilate's permission to take Christ's body down from the Cross and bury it. The pathos of the scene has captured the imagination of artists from every age, and this book presents a chronological sequence of over 100 versions of the event selected from masterpieces of all periods by the greatest artists.

Like its companion volumes, Descent presents an extended meditation on a single theme that has many facets: the universal human tragedy of loss, grief and the shattering of all hope; the promise, as yet unknown to the participants, of renewed hope and eternal life. This complex web of emotions has inspired a rich heritage of interpretation, and the images presented here form a deeply moving and ever-changing study of grief and resignation, of human and divine drama, of individual physiognomy and character, of ultimate hope and salvation.

The concentration on a single theme opens up an intense and deepened awareness of the richness of human emotion and the expressive resources of the artist. Each image reveals a new insight, and the profoundest mysteries of religion, human experience and artistic creation are explored here in a concentrated form.

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Studio: Phaidon Press
Pages   224
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.4" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.95"
Weight:   1 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2000
Publisher   Phaidon Press
Age  13-22
Edition  New  
ISBN  0714839426  
ISBN13  9780714839424  

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The details of His death begin, the corpse must come down.  Dec 30, 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.

"Descent" dramatizes the removal of Christ's corpse from the cross. Hope has ended in despair and the darkest hour now was upon those waiting at the foot of the cross: Joseph of Arimathea, Nicodemus, Mary Magdalene, Mary - mother of Jesus, and John the Beloved. The details of His death begin. The corpse must come down, and along with the dreams of His followers, be buried. No angels, no auras of light, no evidence of divine intervention is found in these 100 plus images. Rather, each artist throughout the ages illuminates the nightmarish reality of the demise of Christ. When you view `Descent' you will notice that there is a period of history, starting around the Renaissance to the end of the 17th Century, when the Masters grasped this moment and prolifically paint the removal of Christ from the cross. Outstanding paintings from the time of Sodoma (c.1505) through Jean-Baptiste Jouvenet (c.1697) fill the largest portion of this book. Having gone through these four volumes it is my hope that Phaidon will continue this collection. To stop now and not give us the burial, resurrection and the ascension would be a great disappointment. This is a collection that I will treasure. The quality of binding, paper, color reproduction and selection of prints is superb. Highly recommended.


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