- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Oxford University Press (1961)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0195014324
- ISBN-13: 978-0195014327
- Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 5.3 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 29 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #55,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Signs and Symbols in Christian Art Paperback – 1961
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"A tremendous help to so many students who haven't been raised with the exposure to Christian iconography. Thanks!"-- Nancy Noonan-Morrissey, Front Range Community College
"Excellent reference book--well-organized and highly informative--also, moderately priced!"--Marie Canaves, Cape Cod Community College
"Ferguson has brought a dead language back to life. He writes simply and clearly."--The Chicago Tribune
"[A] superb volume."--The Christian Century
"An extraordinarily beautiful and useful book....For clergymen, both Protestant and Catholic, who are interested in liturgies and symbolism, for architects and artists, and for all devotees of art this is an unusually valuable volume."--Kirkus Reviews
"A good book of reference for the general reader."--The Nation
"The publication of this book is an important event. There is no comparable guide in English to the profoundly beautiful symbolism of Christian art."--John Walker, Director Emeritus of the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
"Whether as a reference work or as an invitation to fascinating browsing, the book is a treasure."--Journal of Bible and Religion
"An excellent resource with its nicely organized and easy-to-find explanations of persons, symbols, events/beliefs depicted in Christian art. My students found it to be a useful tool as they worked on their interpretations of paintings and other artistic renderings of NT texts. I hope this book will stay in print."--Professor Benjamin Fiore, Canisius College
From the Back Cover
First published in 1954 and having gone through several editions, this comprehensive book remains the authoritative source in the field. This paperback edition includes all of the 350 illustrations from the original edition, as well as the complete and unabridged text. Divided into fourteen chapters, text and illustrations reveal the symbolism inherent in representations of religious personages, the Earth and Sky, animals, birds, insects, and flowers. In addition to a discussion of objects treated symbolically in Christian art, George Ferguson explores Old Testament characters and events and their symbolic representation in art.
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Christian art. It has an old and new testament section as well as the main stories of the life of Mary mother and of Christ. There
is also a section devoted to the meanings of symbols and plants and animals.
There are no representations from Eastern- or Byzantine- iconography.
The illustrations are all black and white.
are unfamiliar. This handy guide is a quick reference that unlocks Renaissance understanding for the modern mind.
Although it was used, it had very little wear and tear on it. I got this for a art history report on the Byzantine mosaics (Christian) and a lot of the symbols in the art work have been defined in this book. Overall well worth the price and just plain interesting.
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