CHRISTIAN CHURCH ART THROUGH THE AGES by Katharine Morrison McClinton

CHRISTIAN CHURCH ART THROUGH THE AGES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

To understand Christian art, its purpose and meaning, and to be able to distinguish between the true and the false, one must learn to see under the guidance of such a perceptive artist as Katharine Morrison McClinton. She gives us in this delightful and valuable survey (well illustrated) a panoramic view of Christian art, an eye to see -- not only the outwardforms of the material which the artist has used, but the invisible which only the eye of the spirit can see. Not the least valuable and informative part of Katharine McClinton's study is the last chapter on Contemporary Church Art, ""which must have its own moment of creative ecstasy if it is to live in the twentieth century"". It must show the universal in the time-bound event. It must show, but not describe. It must convey the symbol, -- not the fact."" The book is filled with such expressions of penetrating insight. Though the subject is a vast and complicated one, the author is able to write simply and concisely. Her book makes exciting and delightful reading, and is destined to be widely read and appreciated.

Pub Date: Nov. 13th, 1961
Publisher: Macmillan