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Bibil Identifier bibil:202180
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) The Beauty of the Cross
Title (English, ) The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance
Author Viladesau, Richard
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature Perunil
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford
ISBN 978-0-19-518811-0
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 224 Pages
height in cm 24
Genre Original
Abstract This volume represents the first part of a study of the concept and the symbol of the cross in Christian theology and imagination. It examines the theology of the cross in both its conceptual and aesthetic mediations within specific historical contexts, from the early church to the eve of the renaissance. Each chapter is introduced by a discussion of an artwork — a representation of Christ’s crucifixion — that exemplifies the focus of the chapter. There follows an exposition of a theological paradigm for the interpretation of the Christ’s passion as a salvific event, i.e., a particular Christian soteriology, as seen in the works of classic theologians. These theological ideas are compared and contrasted with aesthetic works that were contemporaneous with the theological classics or that illustrate a parallel theological attitude. The general method is one of correlation between two kinds of interpretation of the Christian tradition and of human experience: between theology as explicit systematic thought and as affective and communicative images. Within the aesthetic realm, this volume emphasizes visual art (various styles of cross and crucifix) and Christian poetry, both liturgical and non-liturgical.
DOI 10.1093/019518811X.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Iconography
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Cross
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Cross
Thesaurus BiBIL : Bible (as a whole) : History of Interpretation and Reception
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