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Our Distance from God

Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music

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Our Distance from God: Studies of the Divine and the Mundane in Western Art and Music by James D. Herbert
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In this encounter between reflections on Christian theology and the history of art and music, James D. Herbert considers how specific works of art establish a relation between the divine and the earthbound audiences for whom the art was created. He looks at five case studies over four centuries: the architecture and artworks that glorified Louis XIV at Versailles, the interaction of libretto and music in Richard Wagner's Ring of the Nibelung, Claude Monet's enormous paintings of water lilies mounted at the Orangerie of Paris in 1927, the inaugural performance in 1962 of Benjamin Britten's War Requiem at the new Anglican cathedral in Coventry, and Robert Wilson's recent installation based on the Passion, 14 Stations.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations Acknowledgments INTRODUCTION 1 LOUIS XIV'S VERSAILLES 2 WAGNER'S RING OF THE NIBELUNG 3 MONET'S ORANGERIE 4 SPENCE'S CATHEDRAL AND BRITTEN'S WAR REQUIEM 5 WILSON'S 14 STATIONS Notes Index

Author Biography

James D. Herbert is Professor of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of California, Irvine. He is the author of Paris 1937: Worlds on Exhibition (1998) and Fauve Painting: The Making of Cultural Politics (1992).
Release date NZ
March 18th, 2008
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
20 color illustrations, 52 b/w photographs, 1 line illustration
Imprint
University of California Press
Pages
220
Dimensions
178x254x19
ISBN-13
9780520252134
Product ID
2074622

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