woefulecho (woefulecho) wrote in bookish,

Angels and Demons in Art

Angels and Demons in Art was written by Rosa Giorgi. It's basically a compendium of art, most from Medieval Europe, and mostly paintings, dealing with the iconography of the hosts of Heaven and Hell and how it evolved. I thought it was neat how the author sometimes pointed out pre-Christian precedents for the themes and symbols, and even occasionally referenced ancient Assyrian, Egyptian and Greek artworks.

What I most enjoyed were the works of Hieronymus Bosch, especially the depictions of Hell. One would be hard-pressed to find anything more imaginatively gruesome in the works of modern day horror masters like Clive Barker. I also fell in love with the engravings of Albrecht Durer.

Despite the fact that I am essentially non-religious, the rich symbolism of religious works from all cultures fascinates me, especially the interesting ways that they tend to connect across cultures; so this was an excellent book for someone like myself. I would recommend it to anyone with similar interests.
Tags: author: g, genre: non-fiction, subject: art

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