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ArtWay List of Books 2020

ArtWay List of Books 2020

Baigell, Matthew. Jewish Identity in American Art: A Golden Age since the 1970s (Judaic Traditions in Literature, Music, and Art). Syracuse, New York: Syracuse University Press, 2020. An exploration for the first time in book form of Jewish-themed works by the generation of artists born between 1930 and 1960.

Bailey, Justin Ariel. Reimagining Apologetics: The Beauty of Faith in a Secular Age. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2020. The most effective Christian apologetics appeal to the imagination, the aesthetic, and the affective, Bailey says. He discusses George MacDonald and Marilynne Robinson as two prime examples.

Brown, Katherine T. The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art (Routledge Research in Art and Religion). New York: Routledge, 2020. Explores the lore of the apocryphal character of Veronica and the history of the “true image” relic as factors in the Franciscans’ placement of her character into the Via Crucis as the sixth station, in both Jerusalem and Western Europe, around the turn of the fifteenth century.

Child, Louise, and Aaron Rosen, eds. Religion and Sight. Sheffield, South Yorkshire: Equinox Publishing, 2020. A transdisciplinary study on how the sense of sight shapes, and is shaped by, religion. Case studies range from narratives about Medusa in ancient Greek religion to spiritual explanations of sleepwalking in the Enlightenment to rituals of spirit possession in contemporary Brazil.

Covington, Sarah, and Kathryn Reklis, eds. Protestant Aesthetics and the Arts. New York: Routledge, 2020. A collection of essays that address Protestantism and the fine arts (visual art, music, literature, and architecture), and historical and contemporary Protestant theological perspectives on the subject of beauty and imagination.

Covolo, Robert. Fashion Theology. Waco, Texas: Baylor University Press, 2020. An account of the dynamic relationship between theology and fashion, chronicling the journey from ancient Christian sources to current developments in fashion studies.

Dell’Acqua, Francesca, and Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi, eds. Pseudo-Dionysius and Christian Visual Culture, c.500–900. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Uses Pseudo-Dionysius and his mystic theology to explore attitudes and beliefs about images in the early medieval West and Byzantium.

Harries, Richard. Seeing God in Art: The Christian Faith in 30 Masterpieces. London: SPCK, 2020. Reflections on thirty of the world’s greatest paintings that illuminate important aspects of Christian faith and teaching.

Kuzmová, Stanislava, and Andrea-Bianka Znorovszky, eds. Mary, the Apostles, and the Last Judgment: Apocryphal Representations from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages. Budapest: Trivent, 2020.

Mitchell, Jolyon, et al., eds. Peacebuilding and the Arts. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020. Explores the roles of film, theater, literature, music, dance, and visual arts in building peaceful and just societies.

Powell, Elizabeth. David Jones and the Craft of Theology: Becoming Beauty. London: T&T Clark, 2020. Addresses Christian teaching through engagement with selected artistic works: a poem, a painted inscription, and a wood engraving.

Schrag, Brian, and Julisa Rowe, eds. Community Arts for God’s Purposes: How to Create Local Artistry Together. Littleton, Colorado: William Carey Publishing, 2020. In this manual, contributors from the fields of ethnomusicology, performance studies, anthropology, biblical studies, and missiology consider how the unique creative gifts of local communities around the world can be used to worship God and extend God’s kingdom.