A lavishly illustrated exploration of religious art through the centuries. Now in paperback. A Journey into Christian Art is a tour of Christian art through two millennia. We visit churches and museums and see how the fusion of Christianity and art has produced sublime paintings and sculptures in a rich variety of styles. We glimpse, through the work of artists of faith, reflections of the spiritual and cultural climate of their day. Some, such as Michelangelo, are among the greatest geniuses the world has ever seen; others are virually unknown. Yet whether experience persecution or spiritual revival, war or peace, political repression or freedom, they have all been inspired by the person and message of Christ and his church to make visible the invisible in mosaic, paint and stone; to enrich the mind, touch the heart, and feed the soul. This richness of life is in danger of death in our contemporary culture of facts and figures, where time is money, speed drives us, and noise blocks out the inner voice. This book has been written in the hope that it will stir the imagination, encourage contemplation, and stimulate wonder and praise to 'ponder anew all the Almighty can do.'
Helen de Borchgrave, fine art conservator and consultant, trained at the Byam Shaw School of Art and with Professor Ruhemann of the National Gallery, London. Helen cleans and restores paintings for museums, churches and private collections, and leads art tours in Europe. She is a member of the Association of International Art Critics. Reviews and features in Arts Review, Church of England Newspaper, The Jewish Chronicle and Country Life.