Religion and Art
MURAVCHICK, ROSE E
What is religious art and what makes art religious? This course will survey a wide variety of artistic expressions from a number of religious traditions which draw on spiritual themes, are inspired by religious experiences or texts, and which serve an important role in religious practice and belief. Some of the themes which this course will explore are: visualization and action within the cosmos, passion and religious ecstasy, the material culture of personal devotion, icons and iconoclasm, depictions of the miraculous, and the ordering of history. Objects and images from Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Native American cultures are just some of those that will be explored.