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Art and Prayer : The Beauty of Turning to God
by Timothy Verdon


Overview - Prayer is natural for human beings, a spontaneous impulse common in all people. Yet, beyond instinct, there is a kind of prayer that s conscious and articulate, that we have to be taught. There is an art of prayer, when faith and prayer become creative responses by which creatures made in the image and likeness of the Creator relate to him with help of the imagination.  Read more...

 
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Overview
Prayer is natural for human beings, a spontaneous impulse common in all people. Yet, beyond instinct, there is a kind of prayer that s conscious and articulate, that we have to be taught. There is an art of prayer, when faith and prayer become creative responses by which creatures made in the image and likeness of the Creator relate to him with help of the imagination. Timothy Verdon explores these essential interactions in this magnificent book. Richly illustrated, Monsignor Verdon explains that images work in believers as tools that teach them how to turn to God. Art and Prayer explores these interactions in detail, demonstrating that prayer can become a fruit of the sanctified imagination a way of beauty and turning to God.
In this eloquent, accessible, and gorgeously illustrated volume, Timothy Verdon unites his multiple vocations as art historian, theologian, and priest. With the ease of a master teacher who has lived with his material for years, he shows us not only how the faithful have been depicted in prayer, but how such depictions can inspire our own praying. Verdon should be required reading for anyone who wants to how theology can animate art and in turn by animated by it. Above all, Art and Prayer is a call to worship.Peter S. Hawkins
Professor of Religion and Literature, Yale Divinity School
"While Timothy Verdon s immense erudition in the European tradition of sacred art is everywhere apparent, this book is written for non-specialist readers willing to allow their practice of Christian prayer both in liturgy and in personal devotion to be enriched and given theological precision through art once intended for such work. My hope is surely that of Mons. Verdon himself: that this book may help to inspire both artists and their communities to create new art that is answerable to the various modes of prayer and worship, so that a book such as Verdon s could be written a generation hence with examples drawn from artworks newly commissioned for the contemporary church."Dr. John Skillen, director of the Studio for Art, Faith & History in Orvieto (Italy)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781612615721
  • ISBN-10: 1612615724
  • Publisher: Paraclete Press (MA)
  • Publish Date: October 2014
  • Page Count: 320

Series: Mount Tabor Books

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Books > Religion > Christianity - Literature & the Arts
Books > Religion > Christianity - Catholic
Books > Art > Subjects & Themes - Religious

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2014-12-15
  • Reviewer: Staff

At first glance a glossy gift book of religious art, this inspired—and inspiring—title from the publisher's new imprint explores prayer. "Images put before believers can in fact teach them how to turn to God in prayer," writes Verdon, a Catholic priest and art historian, "and in every age characterize man's encounter with God as ‘a feast.'" The author, who specializes in art and spirituality, skillfully leads the reader through astute analyses of paintings and other art objects, each a puzzle to be investigated and a mystery to be pondered. Verdon's key themes unfurl through chapters on liturgical prayer, lectio divina, intercession, and the like, concluding with a tender reflection on prayer in the face of death. His discussions of prayer space and the dimension of time as it is experienced in prayer are illuminating. The author's analysis of art is grounded in the words of the Bible and early Christian writers such as Tertullian, Jerome, Augustine, and others in the Catholic tradition; his style is clear and engaging, accessible to the general reader. While Verdon, a long-time resident of Florence, focuses on Italian art of the Renaissance, he also considers works from other European countries and eras. Throughout he demonstrates not only mastery of his topics but also a love of great art and deep faith. The result is a visual and verbal feast for contemplation and study. (Dec.)

 
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