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Contemporary artists have often clashed with conservative American evangelicals in recent years, giving the impression that art and religion are fundamentally at odds. Yet historically, artistic images have played a profound role in American religious life. This superb collection of essays, with its unique assembly of images, challenges the apparent tension between religion and the arts by illustrating and investigating their long-standing and intriguing relationship from the early nineteenth century to the present day. The essays explore such varied topics as Sioux Sun Dance artifacts and paintings, American Jewish New Year postcards, the New Mexican santos tradition, roadside shrines, images of journey in African American pictorial traditions, the public display of religion, and the religious use of nineteenth-century technologies of mass reproduction.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520225220
ISBN-10: 0520225228
Format: Paperback
(254mm x 178mm x 25mm)
Pages: 441
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 16-Jun-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - David Morgan

David Morgan holds the Duesenberg Chair in Christianity and the Arts in Christ College, Valparaiso University. He is the author of Visual Piety: A History and Theory of Popular Religious Images (California, 1998) and Protestants and Pictures: Religion, Visual Culture, and the Age of American Mass Production (1999). Sally M. Promey is Professor of American Art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at the University of Maryland. She is the author of Painting Religion in Public: John Singer Sargent's Triumph of Religion at the Boston Public Library (1999) and Spiritual Spectacles: Vision and Image in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Shakerism (1993).

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