Towards a Bibliography of Christianity and Art

Transpositions, the excellent blog of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, part of the theology department, recently invited the theologian and art historian Daniel Siedell to put together a bibliography of Christianity and Art, with more emphasis on the arts side of the conversation. In the blog post: A Curator Among Theologians, Suggested Reading, Siedell gives a personal list, at points annotated, which includes monographs on Munch and Cezanne, and several works on modern and contemporary art theory and criticism, giving an overview of modern art post 1945, as well as several works of philosophy and the theology of the Lutheran Oswald Beyer.

The post is also interesting because it also lists other current bibliographies, mainly coming from a theological perspective. It is helpful to see these all assembled together. Those of the Institute for Theology, Imagination and the Arts itself and of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts, Duke University in the US are included, both put together by Jeremy Begbie. They seem to be the same, though differently annotated. There is another list from Hearts and Minds bookstore, and one from Matthew Milliner’s blog, too, ‘The Unmappable Terrain of Christianity and Art’ as well as another from Diary of an  Arts Pastor: ’35 Books on Theology and the Arts’.

Some of these are broad in their coverage including film and literature, though they are mainly about fine art. Any such list is going to be quite selective and personal. Jeremy Begbie’s ones helpfully differentiate between books of Theology for the Arts, and of the Arts for Theology, and are further divided into introductory, intermediate and advanced or academic levels. They are all useful starting points for a bibliography.

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