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Sketches of the History of Christian Art

Volume 1

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Part of Cambridge Library Collection - Art and Architecture

  • Date Published: June 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108051958

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  • Alexander Lindsay (1812–80) was the head of an aristocratic family who owned vast coalfields in Lancashire, generating enormous wealth. Educated at Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, he spent the majority of his time travelling in Italy, collecting, and writing on a variety of subjects, including art, the Indo-Aryan race and the Etruscans. This important work, published in three volumes in 1847, surveys Christian painting and sculpture. Addressing Romance literature of the Middle Ages, iconography and legends of the saints, the book's historical narrative is infused with the author's strong moral approach to the subject. Volume 1 covers philosophical method, Christian symbolism and mythology, Roman art, and Byzantine art, which Lindsay sees as having stimulated the Western revival. Though derided by John Ruskin, the work strongly influenced aristocratic collecting, and remains relevant to readers interested in the Victorian construction of morals and artistic taste.

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    • Date Published: June 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108051958
    • length: 396 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.5kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

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    Memoranda:
    1. The ideal, and the character and dignity of Christian art
    2. The symbolism of Christianity
    3. The mythology of Christianity
    General classification of schools and artists
    Introductory:
    1. Roman art
    2. Byzantine art.

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    Alexander William Crawford Lindsay

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