Religion: Material Religion, 1st Edition

  • Diane Apostolos-Cappadona Georgetown University
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  • ISBN-10: 0028663624
  • ISBN-13: 9780028663623
  • DDC: 306.6
  • Grade Level Range: 11th Grade - College Senior
  • 413 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2016 | Published/Released July 2016
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2016

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Religion: Material Religion explores religion and the arts through visual and material culture. Composed of eighteen thematic chapters, this volume discusses the various aesthetic elements of religious art. The first section, “Sensing the Arts of Material Religion” focuses generally on the five senses and how we interpret religious elements in art, architecture, dance, film, music, photography and more. The second section, “Experiencing the Sacred through Material Religion” uses museum exhibits, calligraphy, relics, and rituals to explore creation of sacred spaces as well as how placement of art can affect the sacredness of material religion. Using an interdisciplinary approach, undergraduate and lay readers are given a deeper understanding of the study of religion. Chapters are written by eminent scholars, are peer reviewed, and offer bibliographies to encourage further exploration. The volume concludes with a glossary and a comprehensive index.

Features and Benefits

  • The interdisciplinary nature of these handbooks provides an innovative approach to introducing the field to novices.
  • Film, literature, art, and other lenses are used to help the reader understand concepts and ideas in the study of religion.
  • The handbooks combine the features of an introductory textbook with features of a reference resource to effectively engage and educate the user.
  • Introduces the reader to religious elements in material and visual culture. Various art forms are discussed including architecture, photography, dance, calligraphy, paintings, and more.
  • Peer-reviewed chapters are written by eminent scholars in the field.
  • Includes a glossary, bibliographies, and summaries for each chapter.
  • 31 images.

Alternate Formats

  • Casebound Edition

    ISBN-10: 0028663551 | ISBN-13: 9780028663555

Table of Contents

Introduction: Sensing the Sacred through Materiality.
1. Accessing the Sacred through the Five Senses.
2. Beauty and Religion.
3. The Human Figure in Religious Art.
4. The Communicative Agency of Religious Architecture.
5. Dance as Religious Studies.
6. The Material Religion of Film.
7. Music and Sound as an Entry Point into Religious Studies.
8. Religion, Evolving Media, and Distant Suffering.
9. Performing Devotion as a Mode of Religious Study.
10. Photography and Religion.
11. Sacred Place.
12. Relics and Rituals.
13. Objects of Religious Belief and Practice.
14. Beauty Is the Color of Truth.
15. Exhibiting the Sacred.
16. Exhibiting Christian Art.
17. Exhibiting Outsider Art.
18. Reviewing the Religious in Art.

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona

Diane Apostolos-Cappadona is Professor of Religious Art and Cultural History at Georgetown University. She is the author and editor of many books, reference works, scholarly articles, and exhibitions catalogues including In Search of Mary Magdalene: Images and Traditions (2002) and is Editor-in-Chief of the forthcoming series Brill Research Perspectives in Religion and the Arts.