Our Sacred Signs
How Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Art Draw from the Same Source
By (author) Ori Z. Soltes
Our Sacred Signs by Ori Z. Soltes
Book DescriptionA History of God meets The Story of Art in this look at the historical interconnectedness of Christian, Jewish and Muslim art The art of the three Abrahamic religions - Christianity, Judaism and Islam - has a tangled, interwoven history. Symbols cross back and forth among the three faiths, adapted to reflect that faith's specific spiritual needs. And much of this symbolic language predates any of the Abrahamic faiths entirely. In Our Sacred Signs, Ori Soltes traces the interconnectedness of religious symbols such as the Star of David, which isn't, it turns out, exclusive to Judaism at all. He shows that the various ways that Jesus is portrayed on the cross recall an artistic tradition that is in no way unique to Christianity. And he shows that religious architectural conventions as simple as the dome represent early "pagan" traditions. The narrative - essentially a series of overlapping stories - moves through the halls of museums and off to the holy sites of the three religions, tracing the millennia-long artistic trail that has endured even as the West moved toward secularization in the last three hundred years. Soltes shows us how art has long been used as an instrument to take us where words cannot follow. Our Sacred Signs is a breathtaking and revelatory journey through human history, its gods, and its art.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780813342979
(236mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Westview Press Inc
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 11-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ori Z. Soltes
New Mexico's Crypto-Jews, Paperback (February 2009)
A title that was named the best non-fiction book on religion by the National Federation of Press Women.
National Treasures of Georgia, Hardback (December 2001)» View all books by Ori Z. Soltes
The introductory text of this book traces Georgia's long cultural history from archaeological beginnings to the present. Over 150 objects are presented including Neolithic ceramics, Greek and Roman jewellery, richly illuminated manuscripts and medieval paintings,
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Author Biography - Ori Z. Soltes
Ori Soltes is a distinguished curator, historian and lecturer for institutions including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Smithsonian Institute, the Walters Art Gallery and currently Georgetown University. He lives in Washington DC.
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