JESUS CHRIST & THE VIRGIN MARY IN ART: A VISUAL PRAYER BOOK & ART ANTHOLOGY is a distinctive new religious art book. It is a stunning 334 page 9 by 11 hardcover printed on 70 lb. bright white glossy paper which totally enhances the true colors of each marvelous painting. This comprehensive collection of 280 incredible oil paintings truly becomes a strong personal conduit for reflection and compelling inspiration for an intimate closeness with Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary.
Readers will learn about the life and art career of 36 master religious artists, their distinctive art styles, historic perspective and enjoy many of their finest religious artwork created from 1200 A.D. to the early 1900 s A.D. It is as much an interesting learning experience in art history, distinctive painting styles and historic perspective as it is a heartening study of important religious artwork and creating a new channel to reaching God.
The creation of this book began with a goal of producing a stunning visual anthology of the best artwork some rarely seen -of the most talented religious artists including El Greco, Giotto, Caravaggio, Raphael, Rubens, Duccio, Angelico, Bellini, Grunewald, Botticelli, Bosch, Mantegna, Van der Weyden and many more and encouraging a VISUAL meditational focus on the paintings while praying or reflecting.
Traditional, centuries-old Christian Meditation involves reading bible passages, and fervently reciting prayers to reach a meditative state. This VISUAL PRAYER BOOK takes Christian Meditation to a new beautiful sensory level by combining the focusing of all our senses on the vivid images while praying all leading to a stronger channel to absorb the love and strength of Jesus and The Virgin Mary and allows our being to be totally one with the painting.
The 280 oil paintings are presented as a "window" or a "meeting place" of our mind and soul between ourselves and God. We hope that readers may find a capacity to move through and beyond to "contact" God in a direct, personal way creating a time of communion in which you may be inspired, healed, reconciled, challenged, and nourished. Meditating with art -particularly religious art is a practical devotional tool that is highly portable. The presence and strength of God is all around us, all the time. The creativity of these spiritual paintings powerfully reaches us throughout our being. What emerges from the artist touches the viewer. The viewer opens to the spiritual realities the image presents. The image unites the artist and the viewer and GOD AND OUR SPIRITUALITY IS AT THE CENTER.
Here is what noted art historian, best-selling art author and PBS host of art history broadcasts; Sister Wendy Beckett once observed: I knew that if we really looked at all spiritual religious art, we would see that it draws us into something greater than ourselves, something beyond, something other .. AND THAT SOMETHING IS GOD!
The Voice of God is often "heard" through image rather than sound. Hidden within the silent metaphors of artistic impressions, whispers of the Holy Spirit can be recognized and sensed. This section of Oasis dedicated to meditating with art, strives to distinguish these whispers in an atmosphere of artistic beauty and solitude. Every genuine art form especially paintings -in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning.
Candace Loheed said "Resting the mind can be accomplished by meditation, and also by artwork, which allows the intuition to flow: the conscious mind recedes. Meditation and artwork at their best complement each other, and true things emerge." This book truly brings together the appreciation of beautiful religious artwork and its importance in reaching a closer to connection to God by focusing on the artwork and praying."
Patrick Flanagan is the creator and editor of "JESUS CHRIST & THE VIRGIN MARY IN ART: A VISUAL PRAYER BOOK & ART ANTHOLOGY as well as the Publisher and President of Giclee Creative Publishing. To prepare this book, he spent over a year researching 350 important religious artists and studying more 3,600 of their best religious paintings from the 1200 s to the early 1900 s to select the best artists, their best oil paintings while compiling a diverse collection of the various paintings styles, distinctive interpretations of Jesus Christ and The Virgin Mary to complete this book. In the end, the book features 36 artists and 280 of their incredible oil paintings. Although born in Bangor, Maine in 1954, he grew in Enfield, CT, where he started his creative career as a teenager by writing for several area newspapers for years. His professional career began after he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Film/Television from the University of Bridgeport. He has over 30 years experience in publishing, television, art, creative development & marketing. His experience as a mixed-medium water-soluble artist helped him in developing this book. He now lives in Littleton, NH and has a son, Sean Patrick Flanagan and two grandchildren: Benjamin and Elizabeth of Enfield, CT. Through Giclee Creative Publishing, he is developing an upcoming DVD of this current book as well as two upcoming books: a biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. and another a book called: NASA: LIVE FROM OUTERSPACE & Planet Earth and an upcoming DVD version of JESUS CHRIST & THE VIRGIN MARY IN ART: A VISUAL PRAYER BOOK & ART ANTHOLOGY. "
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