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The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art

Edited by: Robin M. Jensen , Mark D. Ellison

Print publication date:  May  2018
Online publication date:  May  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138857223
eBook ISBN: 9781315718835
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The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art surveys a broad spectrum of Christian art produced from the late second to the sixth centuries. The first part of the book opens with a general survey of the subject and then presents fifteen essays that discuss specific media of visual art?catacomb paintings, sculpture, mosaics, gold glass, gems, reliquaries, ceramics, icons, ivories, textiles, silver, and illuminated manuscripts. Each is written by a noted expert in the field. The second part of the book takes up themes relevant to the study of early Christian art. These seven chapters consider the ritual practices in decorated spaces, the emergence of images of Christ?s Passion and miracles, the functions of Christian secular portraits, the exemplary mosaics of Ravenna, the early modern history of Christian art and archaeology studies, and further reflection on this field called ?early Christian art.? Each of the volume?s chapters includes photographs of many of the objects discussed, plus bibliographic notes and recommendations for further reading.

The result is an invaluable introduction to and appraisal of the art that developed out of the spread of Christianity through the late antique world. Undergraduate and graduate students of late classical, early Christian, and Byzantine culture, religion, or art will find it an accessible and insightful orientation to the field. Additionally, professional academics, archivists, and curators working in these areas will also find it valuable as a resource for their own research, as well as a textbook or reference work for their students.

Table of contents

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  Introduction Download PDF
Chapter  2:  Catacomb Painting and the Rise of Christian Iconography in Funerary Art Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Christian Sarcophagi from Rome Download PDF
Chapter  4:  Early Christian Sarcophagi Outside of Rome Download PDF
Chapter  5:  Freestanding Sculpture Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Christian Wall Mosaics and the Creation of Sacred Space Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Christian Floor Mosaics Download PDF
Chapter  8:  Gold-Glass in Late Antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Engraved Gems and Amulets Download PDF
Chapter  10:  Reliquaries and the Cult of Relics in Late Antiquity Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Ceramics in the Early Christian World Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Panel Paintings and Early Christian Icons Download PDF
Chapter  13:  Christian Ivories Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Textiles Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Early Christian Silver Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Early Christian Illuminated Manuscripts Download PDF
Chapter  17:  Early Christian Art and Ritual Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Picturing the Passion Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Miracles and Art Download PDF
Chapter  20:  “Secular” Portraits, Identity, and the Christianization of the Roman Household Download PDF
Chapter  21:  The Mosaics of Ravenna Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Early Christian Art and Archaeology in Sixteenth- and Seventeenth-Century Rome Download PDF
Chapter  23:  “Early” “Christian” “Art” Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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