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This review is from: The Oxford Dictionary of Christian Art and Architecture (Hardcover)
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This is an elegant, and some and will produce a new edition of an established reference text that will be invaluable to students of art history, all the general reader. Anyone with an interest in Christian Art and architecture, perhaps decoding/ reading the local church, all in the general visual representation of this major faith will find something rewarding in this book. There is a systematic classification of visual imagery and figurative symbolism that is easy to access and authoritative. I tested the book with its entry for Golgotha, and quickly found a reference to the visual representation of Adam's skull, which was believed to symbolise Christ's redemption of the sins of Adam and Eve by the irony of his crucifixion on Adam's grave-please excuse my clumsy summary as this isn't my subject! The entry was authoritative, detailed, and gave plenty of cross-references and connections for further reading.
Downsides are the lack of illustrations which do seem odd in a book of this nature, but would probably make the cost prohibitive. While it's a handsome read and a good addition to your reference bookshelf, there is perhaps a tinge of sadness is that can't be many more editions of books like this before electronic media take over. Recommended.