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First published in 1954 and having gone through several editions, this comprehensive book remains the authoritative source in the field. This paperback edition includes all of the 350 illustrations from the original edition, as well as the complete and unabridged text. Divided into fourteen chapters, text and illustrations reveal the symbolism inherent in representations of religious personages, the Earth and Sky, animals, birds, insects, and flowers. In addition to a discussion of objects treated symbolically in Christian art, George Ferguson explores Old Testament characters and events and their symbolic representation in art.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780195014327
ISBN-10: 0195014324
Format: Paperback
(203mm x 135mm x 15mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 30-Jun-1977
Country of Publication: United States

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US Kirkus Review » Originally published a few years ago, this attractive and most useful book is now offered in a popular edition, complete and unabridged. The text is written by the Rev. George Ferguson, rector of St. Philip's Church, Tucson, Arizona. It provides a clear and simple explanation of the many signs and symbols to be found in Christian art, and is profusely illustrated with sixteen full color paintings by outstanding Renaissance artists, as well as 96 pages of black and white plates. These in large part are reproduced from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. A complete index adds to the usefulness of the book, which should find its way into every clergyman's library as well as those who take a serious interest in the symbols which enrich and adorn the Christian faith. Many a child's question will find the answer here. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - George Ferguson

The late George Ferguson was Rector of Saint Philip's In the Hills Episcopal Parish in Tucson, Arizona.