Friday, October 29, 2010

How Art Gives Theology a Voice // Luba Zakharov on the Divinity Spotlight Blog

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By Luba Zakharov

In the same way that writers of theological texts speak to one another through the arguments they fashion, so too do painters ‘write’ theology in their works. In Albrecht Dürer’s engraving, Saint Jerome in his Study (on the left) Jerome is seated at his desk, with a holy light shining above his head, exemplifying the meaning of his name, Hieronymus (in Latin), which comes from ‘gerar,’ meaning holy and ‘nemus,’ which means, ‘a grove.’ The textual basis for Jerome’s iconography (and for the iconography of all the saints) comes from, The Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine, published in the 13th century.

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