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date: 10 December 2022

Visual Arts: Christian Visual Artlocked

Visual Arts: Christian Visual Artlocked

  • Christine E. JoynesChristine E. JoynesFaculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford

Summary

Defining Christian visual art from the Renaissance to the present is a task fraught with difficulty.

The diversity among Christian groups to emerge makes generalizations impossible, but common themes can be compared and contrasted to shed light on differing beliefs and practices. Widely acclaimed examples of Christian visual art highlight its role in contemplating the divine and offering pedagogical insights. It also functions to critique cultural attitudes and shape identity formation. Despite the decline in religious belief, Christianity continues to inform contemporary works of art in both ecclesial and non-ecclesial settings.

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  • Religion and Art

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