In Religion and the Arts: History and Method, Diane Apostolos-Cappadona presents an overview of the 19th century origins of this discrete field of study and its methodological journey to the present-day through issues of repatriation, museum exhibitions, and globalization. Apostolos-Cappadona suggests that the fluidity and flexibility of the study of religion and the arts has expanded like an umbrella since the 1970s—and the understanding that art was simply a visual exegesis of texts—to now support the study of material, popular, and visual culture, as well as gender. She also delivers a careful analysis of the evolution of thought from traditional iconographies to the transformations once scholars were influenced by response theory and challenged by globalization and technology. Religion and the Arts: History and Method offers an indispensable introduction to the questions and perspectives essential to the study of this field.
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Apostolos-CappadonaDiane. 1996. “Religion and Sacred Space” in JacobNeusner and William ScottGreen (ed). The Religion Factor: An Introduction to How Religion Matters (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press): 213–226.
LeeuwGerardus van der. 2005 (1963 ). Sacred and Profane Beauty: The Holy in Art trans. David E.Green. Preface by Mircea Eliade. Foreword by Diane Apostolos-Cappadona (New York: Oxford University Press/American Academy of Religion).
MorganDavid. 2004. “Toward a Modern Historiography of Art and Religion” in Reluctant Partners: Art and Religion in Dialogue (ed.) Ena GiurescuHeller (New York: Gallery at the American Bible Society): 16–47.
PlateS. Brent. 2004. “The State of the Arts and Religion: Some Thoughts on the Future of a Field” in Ena GiurescuHeller (ed.). Reluctant Partners: Art and Religion in Dialogue (New York: The Gallery at the American Bible Society): 48–65.
WarburgAby. 1999. The Renewal of Pagan Antiquity: Contributions to the Cultural History of the European Renaissance (Los Angeles: The Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities).
LarsonGerald J.PratapadityaPal and Rebecca P.Gowen. 1980. In Her Image: The Great Goddess in Indian Art and the Madonna in Christian Culture (Santa Barbara: University of California Art Museum). Exhibition catalogue.
Apostolos-CappadonaDiane.1995. The Spirit and the Vision: The Influence of Christian Romanticism on the Development of Ninettenth-century American Art (New York: Oxford University Press/American Academy of Religion)
Apostolos-CappadonaDiane. 2005. “Discerning the Hand of Fatima: An Iconological Investigation of the Role of Gender in Religious Art” in AmiraEl-Azhary Sonbol (ed.). Beyond the Exotic: Women’s Histories in Islamic Societies (Syracuse: Syracuse University Press) 347–365.