The Art of the Sublime: Principles of Christian Art and Architecture

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Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 1 jan. 2006 - 213 pagina's
In the view of Hegel and others, pagan art is the art of the beautiful and Christian art is the art of the sublime. Roger Homan provides a comprehensive and informative account of the course of Christian art, encompassing a re-evaluation of conventional aesthetics and its application to religious art. Homan argues that taste and aesthetics are fashioned by morality and belief, and that Christian art must be assessed not in terms of its place in the history of art but of its place in Christian faith. The narrative basis of Christian art is documented but religious art is also explored as the expression of the devout and as an element in the trappings of collective expression and personal quest. Sections in the book explore pilgrimage art, puritan art, the tension of Gothic and Classical, church architecture and the language of worship. Current areas of debate, including the relationship of ethics to the appreciation of art, are also discussed.

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Inhoudsopgave

Puritan Aesthetics
3
The Beautiful and the Holy
15
The trappings of sacred space
25
The Fear of God
31
Gothic
49
Spirit and Conscience
109
Morality and Christian Art
135
Conclusion
163
Bibliography
175
Glossary
185
Works of art cited
191
Buildings and artefacts of interest
199
Index
205
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Roger Homan is Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Brighton, UK.

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