Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Art across the early Abrahamic religions

By Robert C. Gregg
"Jonah and the whale, from a page of the Melk Missal"
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are considered kindred religions–holding ancestral heritages and monotheistic belief in common–but there are definitive distinctions between these ‘Abrahamic’ peoples. In addition to the verbal tales, art played a significant role in the interpretations, often competitive, of the sacred stories they had in common. In mosaics, in stone carvings, and in paintings, we consistently encounter what artists of the three communities wished to emphasize as especially important. [link]

Courtesy of Oxford University Press