With examples of sacred art abounding in all cultures and among people of all religions, the link between art, architecture, and faith through time is undeniable. From Zen gardens to Gothic cathedrals, to African ceremonial masks, art and architecture offer windows into the human heart and the human spirit.
Two abundantly illustrated volumes offer a vibrant discussion of how the divine is and has been represented in art and architecture the world over.
Beginning with the ancient worlds of Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and moving forward through time, Art and Architecture of the World's Religions explores the major faiths from countries and continents around the globe, helping readers better understand the creations their beliefs have inspired. After tracing the history and development of a religion, the book provides a general overview of its principal beliefs and key practices. It then offers specific examples of how works of art/architecture reflect that religion's values.
The focus of each chapter is on the temples, churches, and religious buildings, statues, paintings, and other works of art and architecture created by believers. Each representative work of art or architecture is examined in terms of its history, materials, symbols, colors, and patterns, as its significance is explained to the reader. With extensive illustrations, these volumes are the definitive reference work on art and architecture of the world's religions.
• 200 illustrations, including floor plans of churches, synagogues, and temples bring the discussions of art and architecture to life
• An extensive bibliography enables further research
• Explores the sacred symbolism and biblical narratives revealed in the brilliant stained glass of soaring Gothic cathedrals
• Explains how the architectural diversity of Jewish synagogue forms reflects enduring values and renewed traditions
• Examines ways in which the intricate sculpture on Hindu temples expresses the vibrancy and complexity of the faith’s religious imagery
• Reveals how the powers of divine spirits are evoked in traditional African arts, such as masks used in ceremonial performance