- Publisher: Harry N. Abrams
- Pages: 611
- Illustrations: 390 in full color
- Dimensions: 4 3/4'' x 6 1/4''
- Format: Hardcover
- Authors: Martina Degl'Innocenti and Stella Marinone
- ISBN: 9780810989962
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The Bible has become the greatest iconographic codex of Western culture, the most illustrated book of all time. This book is designed to match passages from the Bible with their representations. Words have been linked to their images, exposing the deep bond that unites verse and brush. It opens with an introductory section that briefly covers the history of the Book, the etymology of key words, and the structure of the Bible, concluding with an excursus on the relationship between the Word and the silver screen. From the Creation to the Resurrection of the dead, the paintings, sculptures, illuminations, and stained- glass windows guide readers to discover the roots of their cultural landscape. The illustrations include lovely miniatures—the incipit pages of books from the Scripture— to show how the Bible has been decorated and embellished with symbolic renditions of the letters themselves. The Supplements section has a useful map of the Middle East that identifies the places where the main events unfolded. Also included is a basic chronology to help the reader navigate the complexity of biblical history, a list of abbreviations, and an index of episodes and artists. This book renders an interweaving of art, history, and faith in the pages of the world's most famous book.
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