New York: Oxford University Press, 1954. Hardcover. VG (Slipcase is lightly aged and has faint mark from previous owner; dj has light edge wear; book itself is pristine.). Red cloth, circular black title blocks with gilt letters and decoration on spine & front cover, gray & color illus. dust jacket, 346 pp., 96 BW plates, sundry BW illus., 16 color tipped-in plates; tan cloth and slipcase. "Here, for the first time, is a comprehensive book about the sources and uses of signs and symbols in Christian art. Beautifully illustrated from paintings by outstanding Renaissance artists, the text explains simply and clearly the meaning of signs and symbols. A universal language which grew out of Christian man's experience, it reached its fullness in Christian symbolism and we see its outward and visible expression in the great religious art of the Renaissance. ... Symbolism is a vital part of all our lives. It is of real interest to discover how certain symbols came into being, what they stand for, and how they were used by artists. The book is a lasting contribution to the field of artistic and religious symbolism, simplifying and beautifying a subject about which so little has been known. A complete index of all the signs and symbols makes the material instantly available to the reader." (dj) Reprinted a number of times since, in a number of formats. But this copy is truly a handsome edition. Includes a copy of a signed announcement from Rush H. Kress of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, to whom the book is dedicated.
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