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The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance

Richard Viladesau


This volume represents the first part of a study of the concept and the symbol of the cross in Christian theology and imagination. It examines the theology of the cross in both its conceptual and aesthetic mediations within specific historical contexts, from the early church to the eve of the renaissance. Each chapter is introduced by a discussion of an artwork — a representation of Christ’s crucifixion — that exemplifies the focus of the chapter. There follows an exposition of a theological paradigm for the interpretation of the Christ’s passion as a salvific event, i.e., a particular Christi ... More

Keywords: aesthetics, art, cross, crucifix, Christ, history, passion, soteriology, theological paradigms, theology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195188110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/019518811X.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Viladesau, author
Fordham University
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