Art as Theology: From the Postmodern to the Medieval

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  • Copyright: 2015-04-16
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This study attempts to bring together a number of ideas and problems from various parts of the academic spectrum. In the first part of the hypothesis the writer expounds the view that art lost its sacred character in the late Middle Ages. Theories of religious art from the ancient Jewish drama and the Greek tragedy to the Renaissance are examined, which illustrate two different kinds of relationship between art and religion, and the way they developed from Jewish art and Greek tragedy to the Byzantine icon and the medieval Cathedral. Patristic sources are used to explore the connection between art and religion. The second part of the hypothesis is that contemporary philosophy and art, having witnessed the death of the author, are now registering the withdrawal of the work of art as an independent object, and a partial reversal of the Renaissance art paradigm (nevertheless nothing as radical as a move toward a neo-medieval paradigm). The withdrawal or death of the work of art and of art as a process, are discussed. The writer argues that contemporary art, popular and classical, is withdrawing as a distinct activity, giving its place to a growing religious awareness or practice. The fusion of the limits of art and life, that postmodernism theorized and practiced, is very consistent with the medieval view of the religious icon as a liturgical and spiritual entity.

Author Biography

Andreas Andreopoulos is Lecturer in Christian Theology at the University of Wales, Lampeter, UK

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
A Religious View of the History of the Artsp. 7
The Religious Background of Art in the Jewish Tradition and in Greek Philosophyp. 10
Icons: The Religious Art of the Eastp. 17
"Mirrors" and Aesthetics in the Western Middle Agesp. 50
Conclusionp. 60
Anti-Leonardop. 65
Historical Definition of the Function of the Religious Work of Artp. 65
Breaks with the Pastp. 70
Post-medieval Art and Thoughtp. 92
The "Death of Art" in Postmodern Philosophyp. 99
The Religious Artist Today: From the Postmodern to the Medievalp. 134
Conclusionp. 155
Notesp. 159
Bibliographyp. 173
Indexp. 177
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