The Forge of Vision Hardback

A Visual History of Modern Christianity

by David Morgan;

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The Forge of Vision

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Religions teach their adherents how to see and feel at the same time; learning to see is not a disembodied process but one hammered from the forge of human need, social relations, and material practice. David Morgan argues that the history of religions may therefore be studied through the lens of their salient visual themes. The Forge of Vision tells the history of Christianity from the sixteenth century through the present by selecting the visual themes of faith that have profoundly influenced its development. After exploring how distinctive Catholic and Protestant visual cultures emerged in the early modern period, Morgan examines a variety of Christian visual practices, ranging from the imagination, visions of nationhood, the likeness of Jesus, the material life of words, and the role of modern art as a spiritual quest, to the importance of images for education, devotion, worship, and domestic life. An insightful, informed presentation of how Christianity has shaped and continues to shape the modern world, this work is a must-read for scholars and students across fields of religious studies, history, and art history.

The Forge of Vision by David Morgan was published by University of California Press in October 2015. The ISBN for The Forge of Vision is 9780520286955.

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Details for The Forge of Vision

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherUniversity of California Press (October 2015)
Number of Pages324
Thickness25 mm
Height254 mm
Width178 mm
Product Code4332857
Page last updated 3rd October 2017
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