Christianity and art

Little is known about Jesus beyond biblical accounts, though we do know more about the cultural and political context in which he lived.

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Biblical illumination
Biblical illumination

Dr. Kathleen Doyle introduces the characteristics and evolution of medieval biblical illumination, discussing the various functions of images in biblical texts, together with the use of different materials, calligraphic embellishments and stylistic influences.

Medieval prayer-books
Medieval prayer-books

Books of Hours were a popular feature of medieval Christianity in Europe. Dr Eleanor Jackson introduces their common features, uses and purposes, explaining features such as the Instruments of Christ’s Passion and the medieval veneration of saints.

The lives of Christ and the Virgin in Byzantine art
The lives of Christ and the Virgin in Byzantine art

The stories behind the art—a quick guide for understanding Byzantium's most common images.

Architecture and liturgy
Architecture and liturgy

Liturgy provided the script, architecture the set—and the altar sat center stage.

The life of Christ in medieval and Renaissance art
The life of Christ in medieval and Renaissance art

From the Annunciation to the Last Judgment, this handy guide explains key moments in Christian art.

Christianity, an introduction
Christianity, an introduction

Jesus is the central figure of this religion, but there are many sects—and great diversity of belief and practice.

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