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THE DAWN OF CHRISTIAN ART IN PANEL PAINTINGS AND ICONS. Thomas F. Mathews and Norman E. Muller. J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, 2016. Distributed by University of Chicago Press. 256 pp. with 195 ills. (139 col.). 33 x 25 cm. LC 2016-20035 ISBN 9781606065099 In English.
Publisher's description: Staking out new territory in the history of art, this book presents a compelling argument for a lost link between the panel-painting tradition of Greek antiquity and Christian paintings of Byzantium and the Renaissance. While art historians place the origin of icons in the seventh century, Thomas F. Mathews finds strong evidence as early as the second century in the texts of Irenaeus and the Acts of John that describe private Christian worship. In closely studying an obscure set of sixty neglected panel paintings from Egypt in Roman times, the author explains how these paintings of the Egyptian gods offer the missing link in the long history of religious painting. Christian panel paintings and icons are for the first time placed in a continuum with the pagan paintings that preceded them, sharing elements of iconography, technology, and religious usages as votive offerings.
Indexing: Western, Europe, Non-Western (Traditional/Native Arts), Ancient Egypt/North Africa, Early Christian Art — Egypt — 300 A.D.-1400 — Painting
Plans: 73,54,55
Worldwide Number: 174227
Hardcover $49.95x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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