The Triumph of the Cross

The Triumph of the Cross : The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Renaissance to the Counter-Reformation

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This is a sequel to Richard Viladesau's well-received study, The Beauty of the Cross: The Passion of Christ in Theology and the Arts from the Catacombs to the Eve of the Renaissance (2006). It continues his project of presenting theological history by using art as both an independant religious or theological 'text' and as a means of understanding the cultural context for academic theology. Viladesau argues that art and symbolism function as an alternative strand of theological expression-sometimes parallel to, sometimes interwoven with, and sometimes in tension with formal theological reflection on the meaning of crucifixion and its role in salvation history. Using specific works of art to epitomize particular artistic and theological paradigms, he explores the contours of each paradigm through the works of representative theologians as well as liturgical, poetic, artistic, and musical sources. The period covered by this new volume is one that was especially eventful for both theology and art, and thus particularly fruitful for Viladesau's project.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 368 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 33.02mm | 657.71g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 64 b&w halftones
  • 019533566X
  • 9780195335668
  • 1,642,571

Review quote

The author's confidence and clear expression when dealing with theology and philosophical concepts give the book real value and make it an enthralling general study. * Elizabeth De Leeuw, Journal of Theological Studies *show more

About Richard Viladesau

Professor of Fundamental Theology, Fordham Universityshow more

Table of contents

INTRODUCTION; ABBREVIATIONS; INTRODUCTION FRA ANGELICOS ST. DOMINIC IN ADORATION BEFORE THE CRUCIFIX; PART 1 THE CROSS IN PRE-REFORMATION RENAISSANCE THEOLOGY; PART 2 THE AESTHETIC MEDIATION: THE CROSS IN THE ARTS OF THE EARLY RENAISSANCE; INTRODUCTION CRANACHS CRUCIFIED CHRIST WITH THE CONVERTED CENTURION; THE THEORETICAL MEDIATION: CLASSICAL REFORMATION THEOLOGY OF THE CROSS; PART 2 THE AESTHETIC MEDIATION. THE CROSS IN REFORMATION ART AND MUSIC; INTRODUCTION MICHELANGELOS PIETA FOR VITTORIA COLONNA; PART 1 THE THEORETICAL MEDIATION: THE REFORM IN CATHOLIC THEOLOGY; PART 2 THE AESTHETIC MEDIATION. THE CROSS IN ART AND MUSIC IN THE CRISIS OF THE RENAISSANCE; APPENDIX ALBRECHT DURERS RELIGION; INDEXshow more