The Bible and Art
January 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
Our latest display highlights some of our art books on the topic of Christianity and art.
Inspiration: We had a book come in from a donation called The Life of Christ In Art. It was a good size with a colorful cover. Art is such a good display topic because it is made to be displayed and to catch people’s attention. I automatically told our acquisitions librarian that I wanted it for a display. Also, it works great to support the Fine Arts class the college offers.
Book Selection: I entered keywords and phrases like “art and the Bible,” “stained glass,” and “art and theology” into our catalog. When similar call numbers came up, I searched in that section to find other books that would work. I picked the ones with interesting and colorful covers, or full page color prints inside. Here is a list of the titles I used:
- The Life of Christ In Art by Nancy Grubb
- Immanuel: The Coming of Jesus in Art and the Bible by Hans Ruedi Weber
- Cathedrals by Robin S. Oggins
- Windows of Hopewell Mennonite Church of Reading Pennsylvania by Harry E. Yocum, Jr.
- Great Cathedrals by Plantagenet Somerset Fry
- Stained Glass by Lawrence Lee
- The Bible and Its Painters by Bruce Bernard
- Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings by John Drury
- It Was Good: Making Art to the Glory of God by Ned Bustard
- The Visual Arts and Christianity in America by John Dillenberger
- The Old Testament Through 100 Masterpieces of Art by Regis Debray
- The Beauty of God: Theology and the Arts by the Wheaton Theology Conference
- The Gift of Art: The Place of the Arts in Scripture by Gene Edward Veith
- Theology and the Arts: Encountering God Through Music, Art, and Rhetoric by Richard Viladesau
Creating the Actual Display: I didn’t bother with a colorful tablecloth, since the books were all very colorful. I also didn’t bother with a title sign, since I thought it was kind of self-explanatory. I arranged the books on three tiers, with the books with the best covers standing up. Those which didn’t have great covers, but good pictures inside were displayed open. I used clear polyethylene book straps to hold the pages open. You can get that through library suppliers like Gaylord. It can be a little pricey (I think we paid around $25 or $30/roll, but that has lasted us quite a while. I already had some from a previous display, so I didn’t have to buy any more. The other thing I did was to create the “stained glass windows” using black poster board and colored tissue paper. Our display table is in front of a big window, and gets the afternoon sun, so I thought this could create a visual point that might make people notice the display more.
Cost for the Entire Display: I got the black poster board and colored tissue paper from AC Moore for under $5.00. Stores like AC Moore, Michael’s, and JoAnn’s Fabric always have 40 or 50% off coupons in the weekend papers, you can print coupons off their website, or they often have circulars at the front door. I rarely pay full price for items at those stores.