- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: SPCK (1 Mar. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0281066183
- ISBN-13: 978-0281066186
- Product Dimensions: 18.6 x 1.4 x 18.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 248,454 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Sister Wendy's Bible Treasury: Stories and wisdom through the eyes of great painters Paperback – Illustrated, 1 Mar 2012
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About the Author
Sister Wendy Beckett is the author of the internationally bestselling The Story of Painting (Dorling Kindersley 1997). She has been a regular presenter of programmes on art for the BBC, and will be the subject of a major documentary to be aired during Easter 2012. Her most recent books include The Christ Journey (2011), Real Presence (2010), Encounters with God (2009) and The Art of Christmas (2008).
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Top Customer Reviews
The Bible Treasury, however, is a little different.This is neither a paintings book nor a Bible book - but a combination of the two.If you are looking for the kind of minute analysis of paintings you have found in other books by Sister Wendy, you won't find it here. Equally, if you are looking for an in depth analysis of the Bible this is not the place to look. The clue, as they say, is in the name - treasury.
This is the kind of book you will want to dip into. In its two hundred or so pages, you will find introductions to all different kinds of Biblical literature. There are also portions of Biblical text, some paintings simply by way of illustration and others receiving Sister Wendy's more usual critical treatment.The book would make a perfect gift for a person with a only a little knowledge of the Bible, a passing interest in great art - or both.
But I would have like more detail and perhaps a little more religious input because anyone purchasing such a book is searching for meaning in life and using such pictures can give us insight into our lives and our faith.
I am really uneducated about how to "read" paintings, so I was hoping that this book would give me insight into the subtleties of the art. But I am very disappointed.
Most of the book is simply an abridgement of the King James Bible (1611) by Philip Law - which is fine, if that is what you want. There are 54 illustrations, of which 35 have a brief commentary by Sr Wendy. Most of these commentaries have been limited to just 200 words or so, which means that not a lot that can be said in any depth.
I was not expecting to be buying a copy of the 1611 King James Bible, which I already have. What I did expect was a guide to understanding the imagery and symbolism of religious paintings from someone who is at home in both worlds.
Basically it was a waste of money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love the reproductions of famous paintings and Sister Wendy's commentsPublished 13 months ago by Ann Pack
Yes it was just what I was looking for. Thank you. And it was in such good condition when it reached me.Published on 18 April 2014 by Rev
This would make an excellent gift. I chose it because Sister Wendy's insights into paintings are fascinating. She reveals some of the hidden depths of the art. Read morePublished on 23 May 2013 by Gina Cardosi