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By Adolphe Napoléon Didron / George Bell and Sons / 1886
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Christian Iconography: The History of Christian Art in the Middle Ages provides a comprehensive introduction to the history of Christian art in the Middle Ages. Respected nineteenth-century French art historian Adolpe Napoleon Didron takes readers through the essential points of iconography and Christian art during this period. Beginning with a discussion of “Nimbus, or Glory,” Didron covers depictions of Jesus, the Cross, and the Holy Spirit, and then discusses the iconography of angels, devils, the soul, and much more. The text unpacks particular artistic elements and their development through time, and gives readers introduction to major artists, events, and movements crucial in the history of Christian art during the Middle Ages.
Readable, yet thorough, the detailed nature of this text offers readers an opportunity to more fully understand the rich history, tradition, and symbolism of religious art found in churches, museums, or other historical and cultural references. With ample illustrations and a helpful index to these illustrations, this text is a valuable resource for anyone looking to deepen their understanding of iconography. It’s also a great tool for gaining a cursory understanding of major themes and prominent styles found in Christian art produced between the fifth and fifteenth centuries.
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Adolpe Napoleon Didron (1806–1867) was an art historian and archaeologist. Born in Hautvillers, France, he began his education studying law, and then became a professor of history in Paris in 1826. In 1830, supposedly on the advice of writer Victor Hugo, Didron began a study of the Christian archaeology of the Middle Ages. He visited a number of principle churches of Normandy and of central and southern France, as well as in Greece to research for his book. In 1835, he was appointed to the Historical Committee of Arts and Monuments, and delivered numerous lectures on Christian iconography at the Bibliothèque Royale. He began the journal, Annales archéologiques, in 1844, which he continued to edit until his death. Didron was admitted to the Légion d’honneur in 1845. He also wrote Manuel d’iconographie chrétienne grecque et latine, Iconographie des chapiteaux du palais ducal de Venise, and Manuel des objets de bronze et d'orfèvrerie.