Waiting for the End of the World: Eschatology and Art 1939-Present

A Symposium of the Association of Scholars of Christianity in the History of Art (ASCHA)





Picturing Paradise in Nineteenth Century British and American Art: Past, Lost, Regained

Religion and the Arts

Co-edited by Rachel Hostetter Smith and James Romaine

Published by Boston College and Brill


This special double-issue of Religion and the Arts, featuring scholarly essays by Ann Beebe, Naomi Billingsley, Chris Coltrin, Roger Crum, Linda J. Docherty, Margaretta S. Frederick, Gregg Heitschmidt, James Romaine, Rachel Hostetter Smith, Kathleen Stuart, and Elissa Yukiko Weichbrodt. These essays, on a range of artists from William Blake and Asher Brown Durand to Hawaiian landscape painters and Damien Hirst, explore the elasticity of “paradise” as a concept for imagining a range of aspirations and anxieties, both social and spiritual.





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Beholding Christ and Christianity in African American Art

Edited by James Romaine and Phoebe Wolfskill

Published by Penn State University Press


“Many of the most celebrated African American artists have created works that visually manifest Christian motifs and themes, yet this component of the history of African American art is often subsumed by attention to racial identity. This volume constructs a vivid new history of African American art by exploring biblical and Christian subjects and themes in the work of such noted artists as Romare Bearden, Edmonia Lewis, Archibald Motley, Henry O. Tanner, and James VanDerZee.


Focusing on the work of artists who came to maturity between the Civil War and the Civil Rights Era, the contributors show how engaging with religious themes has served to express an array of racial, political, and socio-economic concerns for African American artists. Through a close analysis of aesthetic techniques and choices, each author considers race but does not assume it as a predominant factor. Instead, the contributors assess artworks’ formal, iconographic, and thematic participation in the history of Christianity and the visual arts. In doing so, this collection refuses to lay a single claim on black religiosity, culture, or art, but rather explores its diversity and celebrates the complexity of African American visual expression.


In addition to the editors, the contributors are Kirsten Pai Buick, Julie Levin Caro, Jacqueline Francis, Caroline Goeser, Amy K. Hamlin, Kymberly N. Pinder, Richard J. Powell, Edward M. Puchner, Kristin Schwain, James Smalls, Carla Williams, and Elaine Y. Yau. ”—from the publisher.


Beholding was reviewed in CAAreviews



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ReVisioning: Critical Methods of Seeing Christianity in the History of Art

James Romaine and Linda Stratford, editors

Published by Cascade Books

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Drawing from papers presented at ASCHA symposiums in Paris, New York, and Philadelphia, ReVisioning explores the application of various methodologies of art history to the study of the history of Christianity and the visual arts.


Table of Contents:

“Expanding the Discourse on Christianity in the History of Art”

      by James Romaine

“Methodological Issues from the Fields of Art History, Visual Culture, and Theology”

      by Linda Stratford

“Iconographic Literacy: Recognizing the Resurrected Jesus in the Vatican Jonah Sarcophagus”

      by Linda Møskeland Fuchs

“Icon as Theology: The Byzantine Virgin of Predestination

      by Matthew J. Milliner

“Marginalia or Eschatological Iconography?: Providence and Plenitude in the Imagery of Abundance at Orvieto Cathedral”

      by Rachel Hostetter Smith

“Iconography of Sign: A Semiotic Reading of the Arma Christi”

      by Heather Madar

“Hybridizing Iconography: The Miraculous Mass of St. Gregory Featherwork from the Colegio de San Jose de los Naturales in Mexico City”

      by Elena FitzPatrick Sifford

“Reading Hermeneutic Space: Pictorial and Spiritual Transformation in the Brancacci Chapel”

      by Chloë Reddaway

“Reading Theological Place: Joachim Patinir's Penitence of St. Jerome as Devotional Pilgrimage”

      by Matthew S. Vanderpoel

“Reading Theological Context: A Marian Interpretation of Michelangelo’s Roman Pietà”

      by Elizabeth Lev

“Reading Visual Rhetoric: Strategies of Piety and Propaganda in Lucas Cranach the Elder’s Passional Christi und Antichristi”

      by Bobbi Dykema

“Reading Devotion: Counter Reformation Iconography and Meaning in Gregorio Fernandez’s Cristo yacente of El Pardo”

      by Ilenia Colón Mendoza

“Historicism and Scenes of “The Passion” in Nineteenth Century French Romantic Painting”

      by Joyce C. Polistena

“Consuming Christ: Henry Ossawa Tanner’s Biblical Paintings and Nineteenth Century American Commerce”

      by Kristin A. Schwain

“Figuring Redemption: Christianity and Modernity in Max Beckmann’s Resurrections”

      by Amy K. Hamlin

“Embodiment as Sacrament: Francis Bacon’s Postwar Horror”

      by Rina Arya

“Media, Mimesis, and Sacrifice: Paul Pfeiffer’s Contemporary Christological Lens”

      by Isabelle Loring Wallace



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Christianity and Latin American Art

Religion and the Arts

Co-edited by Rachel Hostetter Smith and Ronald R. Bernier


This special double-issue of Religion and the Arts, featuring more than a dozen scholarly essays on the multiple intersections between art and Christianity in Latin America, resulted from a one-day ASCHA-sponsored symposium, “Christianity and Latin American Art: Apprehension, Appropriation, Assimilation,” held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, CA, in February 2012.  The ASCHA symposium was organized by Smith and Bernier and sought out scholars whose current research investigates the varied and dynamic art of Latin America and the rich spiritual traditions of Christianity in Latin American identity, probing the widely varied attitudes, influences, and applications of that heritage. They explore religious themes, narratives, iconographies, and sensibilities in Latin American visual culture in a variety of media and from a range of historical periods and regions of Latin America.  Collectively the essays reveal the interconnectivity of faith, race, ethnicity, and history, as well as the various methodological challenges that these works of art – and their artists – pose in the history of art.



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