The Image of Christ - the exhibition catalogue from The National Gallery available to buy at Museum Bookstore

The Image of Christ

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'Engaging . . . a novel approach to [a] seemingly familiar subject . . . insightful' - Religious Studies Review

A beautifully illustrated, colourful history of how Christ has been portrayed by artists from the early Church to the present

This beautiful companion book to an exhibition at London's National Gallery in 2000 explores the challenges facing artists when representing Jesus. It traces how the image of Christ that we recognise today evolved over two millennia, from the earliest metaphorical symbols of the Shepherd, the Lamb and the Vine to the emergence of a 'true likeness'.

The Image of Christ elegantly describes how artists have conveyed the paradox of Christ's dual nature - human and divine, weak and powerful - in portrayals of his infancy, and how moments of Christ's life become, through art, archetypes of all human experience.

Details
  • Author: Gabriele Finaldi and Neil MacGregor
  • Paperback: 224 pages | 182 colour illustrations
  • Date published: February 2000
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1857092929
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 24.8 cm

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