Many symbols used today had their beginnings during the Middle Ages and flourished in the Renaissance. The Development of Christian Symbolism Video Series examines the meanings and origins of these symbols and discusses the literature from which they were derived. Accompanied by authentic music the two DVD's in the series utilizes sculpture and painting to illustrate the changes theological, historical, and artistic - that occurred from the sixth to the eighteenth centuries. VOLUME ONE: Brings together the award winning documentaries Madonna and Child & The Virgin Mary in Art, Renaissance to Reformation. It tells the story of the life of the Virgin Mary and the Christmas story. VOLUME TWO : Brings together the award winning documentaries Crucifixion and Resurrection & Heaven or Hell :The Last Judgment. It tells the Easter story of Christ's passion and the redemption of man. A booklet on each of the four videos is included on the DVD as a CD-ROM MADONNA AND CHILD, Explains the symbolism of the Incarnation cycle (Annunciation, Visitation, Nativity, and all that followed) in medieval art, with multiple reproductions of artwork used to illustrate the text. The video also discusses Christ's genealogy as found in the Tree of Jesse and examines the rise in the status of the Virgin Mary. Images from Notre-Dame (Paris) and Chartres, as well as innumerable locations throughout Europe are used in this presentation. THE VIRGIN MARY IN ART explains the many symbols associated with Mary that appeared when painting became the major form of artistic expression. It also discusses the influential role that the printing press had on this symbolism and the continued rise in popularity of the Virgin Mary. Finally it discusses the end of symbolism brought about by the advent of The Reformation and the Religious wars that followed. Artists in the video include Fra Angelico, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, Giotto, Duccio, Simone Martini, Robert Campin, Titian, Murillo, Bruegel, Rubens, Bellini, Van Eyck, and Rembrandt. The visual material for these DVD's was photographed over a 40 year period at more than one hundred European museums and churches, including both the world famous and the obscure, The 1993 Catholic Audio Visual Educators commendation mentions that the, scholorship is enhanced by beautiful cinemagraphic record. The authentic music was provided by Choir Director Kevin M. Clarke, The Episcopal Chuirch of Incarnation and Paul Reido, formerly the music director of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and The Dallas Symphony Orchestra's Organist. Each DVD is also a CD-ROM with both the original information booklet that provides the names and locations of the sites, the exact Biblical quotations cited, and additional material on the artistic representations and plainsong, and suggestions on how to use the DVD in an educational setting, as well an additional 50 pages of notes.
The tapes are worthwhile ventures into a specific area of art history. The videos are aimed at adult audiences and can be used in a scholarly manner. The tapes have strong religious overtones without appearing denominational. The thoroughness of the formatting of this series of videos makes them accessible on a variety of levels. I recommend this video for its artistic, theological, and historical significance. --Visual Resources Association Bulletin
Art historian Lois Swan Jones does a wonderful job explaining the background and the meaning of the paintings, which she photographed at more than one hundred churches and museums in thirteen different countries. The fourth volume in the Development of Christian Symbolism series, this is highly recommended for fine art collections in high schools, colleges, public libraries and churches. --Video Librarian ***1/2
This is a must for people who are interested in Marian art, as well as those who are fascinated by religious symbols. --Christianity And The Arts