75 masterpieces every Christian should know : the by Terry Glaspey

By Terry Glaspey

A number of the maximum painters, musicians, architects, writers, filmmakers, and poets have taken their proposal from their religion and impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals with their beautiful creations. Now readers can become aware of the tales in the back of seventy-five of those masterpieces and the artists who created them. From the artwork of the Roman catacombs to Rembrandt to Makoto Fujimura; from Gregorian Chant to Bach to U2; from John Bunyan and John Donne to Flannery O'Connor and Frederick Buechner; this ebook unveils the wealthy and sundry creative history left by means of believers who have been masters at their craft.
Author and historian Terry Glaspey stocks the soaking up actual tales in the back of those masterpieces and is helping readers see the interesting info they could have ignored. via searching through the eyes of those inventive artists, readers will achieve deeper views concerning the human , the Christian tale, and their very own non secular lives.

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These paintings are complex, mysterious, quite beautiful, and filled with the symbolism of her personal vision of God and his relationship to his creation. In addition to recording her visions in books and paintings, Hildegard also wrote books in which she related her careful observations of the natural world—books on biology, botany, and herbal medicine. She also wrote numerous letters, many of which survive, offering practical spiritual counsel and sometimes even political advice to secular leaders.

But it is a “miracle” with a history. Early Christians did not have elaborate public places to meet and had to settle for meetings in private homes. In time, as Christianity grew in influence, eventually being embraced as the official state religion of Rome, a need for bigger and more elaborate places to worship developed. The first great church building was the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, built between 532–37 and constructed around a central dome design. This central dome style of architecture, clearly influenced by the design of the Roman Pantheon, but on a much grander scale, was the chief form of church architecture for the first ten centuries of the church.

The serene melodic tones of their recording, simply entitled Chant, reawakened interest in Gregorian chant and sold millions of copies—over four million units in forty-two countries. It was an overnight hit that was a thousand years in the making! Perhaps it is a sign of our stress-laden modern age that these simple and mysterious musical compositions from the Middle Ages would speak to us in such a fresh way, calling us toward stillness, inner quiet, and peace. They are, in that much-overused term, timeless.

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