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  • Beth Williamson

Abstract

‘Christian art’ is an unusual term in that it does not describe a particular style of art, period, or region, but describes art for a particular range of purposes. The Introduction outlines the scope of this VSI, which is restricted to pictorial art, encompassing paintings, prints, manuscripts, and printed books. Christian art touches upon a vast range of other subjects: history, politics, theology, and philosophy. When did artists start depicting Christian imagery? What is an icon? Christianity has enormous historical importance and Christian art and imagery have been consistently pervasive over the last 2,000 years.

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