The Resource The invisible God : the earliest Christians on art, Paul Corby Finney

The invisible God : the earliest Christians on art, Paul Corby Finney

Label
The invisible God : the earliest Christians on art
Title
The invisible God
Title remainder
the earliest Christians on art
Statement of responsibility
Paul Corby Finney
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This is a study of early Christian (first three centuries C.E.) attitudes toward art. The traditional view is that the early Christians produced no art because they were opposed in principle to visual images. When Christian art finally does appear, it has been considered a popular development and a decline from earlier, more austere spiritual values. Corby Finney here refutes these traditional understandings, through a close examination of the archaeological and literary evidence in its cultural and social context. He finds that it was primarily the Christian belief in the invisibility of God that inhibited the production of images, rather than opposition to images as such. A contributory factor, he believes was the relative invisibility of the Christians themselves within Roman society. Christina art "came out" chiefly when the Christian acquired a legal status and the capacity to own property and to build (and hence to decorate) places of worship. Before this, says Finney, very little differentiated the Christians from society at large, and certainly not outward signs. When they did use decorated material objects (seals and lamps) they drew on symbols already in use.; Offering an important corrective to prevailing views about early Christianity, this study will be of great importance not only to scholars and students of Christian theology and history, but to art historians as well
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
246/.2
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BV150
LC item number
.F56 1994eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
The invisible God : the earliest Christians on art, Paul Corby Finney
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
http://library.link/vocab/branchCode
  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The history of interpretation -- The apologists' attack on Greek art: history and literature -- The content of the attack on Greek art -- The emperor's image -- Christianity before 200: invisibility and adaptation -- The earliest Christian art -- Invisible divinity and visible religion
Control code
ocm44961135
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xxviii, 319 pages)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780585181462
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other physical details
illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b36364915
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)44961135
  • ebsco0585181462

Library Locations

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