The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance

The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance

Richard Viladesau


From the earliest interval of its life, Christianity has been famous because the "religion of the cross." a few of the nice monuments of Western artwork are representations of the brutal torture and execution of Christ. regardless of the horror of crucifixion, we regularly locate such pictures appealing. the great thing about the go expresses the vital paradox of Christian religion: the go of Christ's execution is the logo of God's victory over demise and sin. The pass as a classy item and as a method of devotion corresponds to the secret of God's knowledge and gear occur in affliction and obvious failure. during this quantity, Richard Viladesau seeks to appreciate the great thing about the go because it built in either theology and paintings from their beginnings till the eve of the renaissance. He argues that paintings and symbolism functioned as a substitute strand of theological expression -- occasionally parallel to, occasionally interwoven with, and infrequently in stress with formal theological mirrored image at the that means of the Crucifixion and its function insalvation heritage. utilizing particular artworks to epitomize specific creative and theological paradigms, Viladesau then explores the contours of every paradigm during the works of consultant theologians in addition to liturgical, poetic, inventive, and musical resources. the great thing about the go is tested from Patristic theology and the earliest representations of the emblems at the go, to the monastic theology of victory and the Romanesque crucified "majesty," to the Anselmian "revolution" that headquartered theological and creative consciousness at the soreness humanity of Jesus, and eventually to the breakdown of the excessive scholastic theology of the redemption in empirically centred nominalism and the beginnings of naturalism in paintings. through studying the connection among aesthetic and conceptual theology, Viladesau deepens our figuring out of the key image of Christianity. This quantity makes a tremendous contribution to an rising box, breaking new flooring in theological aesthetics. The fantastic thing about the Cross is a invaluable source for students, scholars, and somebody drawn to the eagerness of Christ and its representation.

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