I came across this one yesterday afternoon, and plan to take a closer look today if I get a chance. It’s a new releases from Judith Couchman titled The Art of Faith.
The Art of Faith caught my attention because reclaiming the role of the visual arts in the community of the Church is something that has been on my mind as of late, and will I believe prove itself a much more formative issue than many of the more controversial issues we often read and write about.
Here is the description from Paraclete Press,
“Have you stood in front of a painting and thought, What does this mean?
The Art of Faith answers this question again and again, with insight, wit, and verve, providing a thorough reference to Christian art through the centuries. Practical and easy to read, this book unfolds the ancient world of Christian images for believers who want to enrich their faith, college students studying art history, and travelers to religious sites. With this book in hand, you can visit museums, churches, or other sacred places and identify a work of art’s style and meaning. Or even explore the signs and symbols of your local church.
Whatever your relationship to art or Christianity, open this book when you’re curious about a painting, sculpture, symbol, or other sacred work. It will answer your questions about The Art of Faith.”