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The Incarnation in Twentieth‐Century Art

David Brown

in The Incarnation

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780199248452
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600524 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199248451.003.0015
 The Incarnation in Twentieth‐Century Art

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David Brown discusses how the humanity and divinity of Christ have been presented in twentieth‐century art. Some representative artists are examined: for painting, Bacon, Chagall, Dali, Ernst, Magritte, O’Keeffe, Picasso, Rouault, Spencer, and Warhol; for sculpture, Epstein, Gill, and Moore. Brown concludes not only that the religious and incarnational impulse in modern art is healthier than is commonly supposed, but also that certain non‐Christians have been highly effective in conveying the truth of a doctrine in which they themselves do not believe. Even where this is not so, sometimes the implicit critique that they offer still requires careful consideration on the part of Christian believers. Brown also notes the wide range of means that have been employed to indicate divinity.

Keywords: Brown; Divinity in art; twentieth‐century art

Chapter.  16235 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Christian Theology

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