Art as Spiritual Perception

Art as Spiritual Perception: Essays in Honor of E. John Walford

Edited by James Romaine, Foreword by Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker, Contributions by Graham Birtwistle, Willam A. Dyrness, Linda Møskeland Fuchs, Rachel-Anne Johnson, Henry Luttikhuizen, Kaia Magnusen, Matthew Milliner, Anne Roberts, Calvin Seerveld, Joel Sheesley, Jan Laurens Siesling, Rachel Hostetter Smith, Linda Stratford, Matthew Vanderpoel, James Watkins

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About Art as Spiritual Perception

Making a critical contribution to the field of art history, this reader covers everything from sixth-century icons to contemporary art from a Christian perspective. Written by experts around the world, this book reflects the work of noted scholars, most especially John Walford and Hans Rookmaaker, as well as the richness of the history of Christianity and the visual arts. This wide-ranging collection of essays will be an encouragement and inspiration to all who love art and love God.


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James Romaine (PhD, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York) is a New York based art historian. He is cofounder of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art as well as an associate professor and chair of the department of art history at Nyack College.


“Over many years, John Walford has been an extraordinary and energetic scholar, writer, teacher, and artist. This festschrift is a fitting tribute to a man whose life has touched so many and in such profound ways.”
Jeremy S. Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, Duke Divinity School; author, Resounding Truth: Christian Wisdom in the World of Music

“Over the course of his distinguished career as an art historian, John Walford has given generations of students the gift of sight. Professor Walford has enabled us to perceive in the visible world the spiritual meanings inherent within works of art. This collection of essays displays the fruit of his labors through the work of scholars who have received his artistic insights and share his passion for close readings of visual imagery, clear expressions of doctrinal truth, and joyful experiences of aesthetic delight.”
Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

Art as Spiritual Perception is a rich kaleidoscope of art historical essays all centered around one common theme of increasing importance today—the way in which artists’ views of the world, not least their religious beliefs, shape artistic perception and meaning. I cannot think of a more fitting tribute to the impressive work and legacy of John Walford.”
Adrienne Dengerink Chaplin, coauthor, Art and Soul: Signposts for Christians in the Arts; former senior member in philosophical aesthetics, the Institute for Christian Studies

"It is with great delight that I herald the arrival of Art as Spiritual Perception in honor of Dr. Walford. James Romaine and his fellow scholars have created a fitting work in tribute to Walford and—perhaps more importantly—have added a significant new volume to the select canon of books on art and faith. This is a fantastic book. The chapter on van gogh alone is worth the price of admission.”
Ned Bustard, editor, It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God; illustrator, The Church History ABCs

“This wide-ranging collection of essays by current colleagues and former students will be an encouragement and inspiration to all who love art and love God. It is a fitting testimony to the career of John Walford, whose life and work have been characterized by faithfulness to his guild, faithfulness to his students, faithfulness to his college, and above all, faithfulness to God.”
Lisa DeBoer, Professor of Art, Westmont College

Table of Contents

1.  Neofitus, He Went to God: The Sarcophagus of Junius Bassus by Linda Møskeland Fuchs
2.  Gothic Architecture and "The Pure and Naked Seeing of Divine Reality": Chartres Cathedral by Rachel Hostetter Smith
3.  Heaven Come to Earth: The Limbourg Brothers’ January (from Les Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry) by Matthew Sweet Vanderpoel
4.  Academia's "Religious Turn": The Brancacci Chapel by Matthew Milliner
5.  The Shape of Place: Joachim Patinir’s Landscape with Saint Jerome by Henry Luttikhuizen
6.  The Perception of Spirituality: Hans Holbein’s The French Ambassadors by William Dyrness
7.  A Localized Providence: Pieter Bruegel the Elder’s Hunters in the Snow Rachel-Anne Johnson
8.  Space, Symbol and Spirit: Pieter Saenredam’s Interior of the Church of Saint Odulphus at Assendelft by Jan Laurens Siesling
9.  Catergories for Art Historical Methodology: Antoine Watteau’s The Dance (Les fetes venitiennes) by Calvin Seerveld
10. Departing Light: Caspar David Friedrich’s Tetschen Altar (Cross in the Mountains) by Kaia Magnusen
11.  Remember The Creator: John Constable’s Dedham Vale by Anne Roberts



Category: Academic
Arts & Literature
Format: Hardcover w/Jacket
Page Count: 288
ISBN-10: 1-4335-3179-8
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-3179-8
Size: 6.0 in x 9.0 in
Weight: 26.5 ounces
Published: September 30, 2012

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