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Art as Revelation

David Brown

in Tradition and Imagination

Published in print November 1999 | ISBN: 9780198269915
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600432 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198269919.003.0008
 Art as Revelation

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Explains how art can sometimes function as a stimulus towards changes in understanding of the nature of revelation. In the iconoclastic controversy, the incarnation was used to give a legitimacy to art that it had lacked within Scripture, while Romanesque sculpture has an openness that canonical writings lack in general. Most attention, though, is given to Gothic art's stress on the incarnation as identification with humanity, an emphasis conspicuous by its absence in the biblical canon.

Keywords: art; Gothic; iconoclastic controversy; incarnation as identification; Romanesque

Chapter.  17615 words. 

Subjects: Christian Theology

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