‘Prepare ye the way of the Lord’ – that is what art does. Phyllis Novak


Books about Christianity and art

Bibliography art history, theology and art, Christianity and art

Barfield, Owen. Saving the Appearances: A Study in Idolatry. London: Faber & Faber, 1957; New York: Harcourt & Brace, 1965. 
Begbie, Jeremy. Voicing Creation’s Praise: Towards a Theology of the Arts.  Edinburgh: T. andT. Clark, 1991.
Beutler, Christian. Der Älteste Kruzifixus:der entschlafeneChristus. Frankfurt am Main: Fischer TaschenbuchVerlag, 1991. 
Bigham, Steven. Early Christian Attitudes Toward Images. Rollingsford, NH: Orthodox Research Institute, 2004.
Boersma, Hans (ed.). Imagination and Interpretation: Christian Perspectives. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing, 2005.
Bonaventura. Meditations on the Life of Christ: An Illustrated Manuscript of The Fourteenth Century.  Edited and translated by Isa Ragusa and Rosalie B. Green. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1961.
Bustard, Ned, ed. It was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God. Baltimore: Square Halo Books, 2000.
Cartlidge, David R. and J. Keith Elliott. Art & the Christian Apocrypha. London & New York: Routledge, 2001.
Chaplin, Adrienne and Hillary Brand. Art and Soul: Signposts for Christian Artists. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998.
Cottin, Jérôme.  La Mystique De L’Art: Art et christianisme de 1900 à  nos jours. Paris: Cerf, 2007.
de Voragine [or Voraigne], Jacobus. The Golden Legend: Readings on the Saints. Translated by William Granger Ryan. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.
Dawson, John David. Christian Figural Reading and the Fashioning of Identity Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002.
Dixon, John W., Jr. The Christ of Michelangelo: An Essay on Carnal Spirituality. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1994.
Dyrness, William A. Rouault: A Vision of Suffering and Salvation. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1971.
Duncan, David Ewing. The Calendar. London: Fourth Estate, 1999.
Edwards, Cliff. Van Gogh and God. Chicago: Loyola University Press, 1989.
Elkins, James. On the Strange Place of Religion in Contemporary Art. New York and Oxford: Routledge, 2004.
Elliot, J.K. The Apocryphal New Testament: A Collection of Apocryphal Christian Literature in an English Translation. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1999.
Erickson, Kathleen Powers. At Eternity’s Gate: The Spiritual Vision of Vincent van Gogh. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1998.
Froehlich, Karlfried, ed/trans. Biblical Interpretation in the Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1984.
Gasque, Laurel. “Making the Invisible Visible: Russian Icons of the Golden Age,” The Christian Century, June 8 – 15, 1988.
Gasque, Laurel. “Christian Art in Asia, Africa, and Latin America,” Radix 3/2 (Spring 1995).
Gasque, Laurel. "The Christian Stake in the Arts," Crux   XXXV/4 (December 1999), 13-29; also in Evangelical Review of Theology 24/3 (July 2000).
Gasque, Laurel. “The Bible of the Poor: An Example of Medieval Interpretation and Its Relevance Today,” in Imagination and Interpretation: Christian Perspectives, edited by Hans Boersma. Vancouver: Regent College Publishing. 2005.
Gasque, Laurel. “Larger Than Life: Michelangelo Buonarotti, “ in Issue 91:16-21 (Summer 2006) of Christian History and Biography, 2006.
Gasque, Laurel. “Art” in Dictionary of Mission Theology. Leicester: IVP-UK, 2007.
Hamburger, Jeffrey F. Nuns As Artists: The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent. Berkeley: University of California Press,1997.
Hamburger, Jeffrey F. and Anne-Marie Bouche (editors) The Mind’s Eye: Art and Theological Argument in the Middle Ages. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2006.
Hengelaar-Rookmaaker Marleen (ed.) The Complete Works of Hans R. Rookmaaker, vols. 1- 6, Carlisle, UK: Piquant, 2002 -2003.
Hughes, Robert. Shock of the New: The Life and Death of Modern Art. New York: Knopf, 1981.
Ignatius. [c. 1523].The Spiritual Exercises. Many editions.
John of Damascus.On Divine Images.Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 2003.
Johnson, Luke Timothy. “How not to read the Bible”, Commonweal, 22, July 16, 1999.
Labriola, Albert C. Smeltz, John W. The Bible of the Poor: A Facsimile and Edition of the British Library Blockbook C. 9 d.2 (Pittsburgh, PA: Duquesne University Press, 1990.)
Lewis, C.S..The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press,1964.
Mathews, Thomas F. The Clash of Gods: A Reinterpretation of Early Christian Art. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993.
McLuhan, Marshall. The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion. Toronto: Stoddard, 1999.
McManners, John, ed. The Oxford Illustrated History of Christianity. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 1990.
Miles, Margaret R. Image as Insight: Visual Understanding in Western Christianity and Secular Culture, Boston: Beacon Press, 1985.
Minear,Paul S. “J.S. Bach and J.A. Ernesti: A Case Study in Exegetical and Theological Conflict,” in Our Common History as Christians, ed. John Deschner, et al. New York: Oxford University Press, 1975.
Moynahan, Brian. William Tyndale: If God Spare My Life. London: Abacus, 2003.
Murray, Sister Charles. Rebirth and Afterlife: A Study of the Transmutation of Some Pagan Imagery in Early Christian Funerary Art. Oxford: B.A.R., 1981.
Murray, Sister Charles. “Artistic Idiom and Doctrinal Development,” In The Making of Orthodoxy: Essays in Honour of Henry Chadwick.
Edited by Rowan Williams. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Murray, Peter and Linda Murray. The Oxford Companion to Christian Art and Architecture. New York: Oxford University Press. Paperback edition, 1998.
O’Malley, John W. Four Cultures of the West. Cambridge: Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2004.
Ouspensky, Léonide and Vladimir Lossky. The Meaning of Icons, Crestwood, NY: St Vladimir's Seminary Press, 1999.
Pelikan, Jaroslav. The Vindication of Tradition. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1984.
Price, David Hotchkiss. Albrecht Dürer's Renaissance: Humanism, Reformation, and the Art of Faith Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 2003.
Rookmaaker, H. R.The Creative Gift: Essays on Art and the Christian LifeWestchester: Crossway, 1981.
Rookmaaker, Hans. Modern Art and the Death of a Culture. Westchester: Crossway Books, 1994 [1970]. [Also, contained in The Complete Works of Hans Rookmaaker, vol. 5, ed. Marleen Hengelaar-Rookmaaker (Carlisle: Piquant, 2003).]
Rosenblum, Robert. Modern Art and the Northern Romantic Tradition: Friedrich to Rothko. London: Thames and Hudson, 1975.
Sanneh, Lamin. Translating the Message: The Missionary Impact on Culture. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1989.
Saxl, Fritz. A Heritage of Images. London: Penguin, 1970.
Schaeffer, Francis. Art and the Bible. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 1973.
Schama, Simon. Rembrandt’s Eyes. New York: Knopf, 1999.
Schiller, Gertrud. Iconography of Christian Art. 2 vols. New York: Graphic Society, 1971, 1972.
Schneemelcher, Wilhelm, ed. New Testament Apocrypha (based on Edgar Hennecke’s New Testament Apocrypha). 2 vols. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, c. 1991-1992.
Seerveld, Calvin. Bearing Fresh Olive Leaves: Alternative Steps in Understanding Art. Carlisle: Paternoster, 1998.
Shepherd, Massey H. Jr. “Christology: A Central Problem of Early Christian Theology and Art” in Age of Spirituality edited by Kurt Weitzman. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1980.
Steiner, George. Real Presences. London: Faber and Faber, 1989.
Steinmetz, David C. “The Superiority of Pre-Critical Exegesis”, Theology Today, 37, 1980.
Theodore the Studite.On the Holy Icons.Crestwood, N.Y.: St. Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1981.
Van Gogh, Vincent. The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh. London: Penguin, 1997.
Veith, Gene E. State of the Arts: From Bezalel to Mapplethorpe. Westchester: Crossway Books, 1991.
Verdon, Timothy Gregory, ed. Monasticism and the Arts. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1984.
Verdon, Timothy Gregory and John Henderson. Christianity and the Renaissance: Image and Imagination in the Quattrocento. Syracuse: Syracuse University Press, 1990.
Visser, Margaret.The Geometry of Love: Time, Mystery and Meaning in an Ordinary Church Toronto: Harper/Flamingo Canada, 2000
Walker, Keith. Images or Idols?: The Place of Sacred Art in Churches Today. Norwich: The Canterbury Press, 1996.
Williams, Rowan, ed.  The Making of Orthodoxy: Essays in Honour of Henry Chadwick. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2002.
Wessels, Anton. ‘A Kind of Bible’: Vincent Van Gogh as Evangelist. London: SCM, 2000.
Recommended Journals
ARTS: The Arts in Religious and Theological Studies, 300 Fifth Street NW, New Brighton, MN 55112.
Das Münster: Zeitschrift für christliche Kunst und Kunstwissenschaft, Verlag Schnell and Steiner, Leibnizstraße 13D-93055 Regensburg. 
Faith and Form: Journal of the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, 3220 N Street NW, Suite 164, Washington, DC 20007.
Image: A Journal of the Arts and Religion, Seattle, WA, Centre for Religious Humanism. Quality articles and reviews particularly on literature and visual arts from a Christian perspective.
Radix, P. 0. Box 4307, Berkeley, CA 94704.
For more, see:
Byron Borger’s 'Selling Books at IAM: and an extended list of books on the arts':
Matthew Milliner’s 'The Unmappable Terrain of Christianity and Art':
CIVA Recommends. CIVA Recommends is a bibliography that features books and articles related to art and faith. Many of these entries are annotated and all are arranged in alpha-order according to the author’s last name.