Sister Wendy’s Bible Treasury, a journey through the Scriptures with one of the most charming nuns from the UK, combines stories from the Bible with some of the greatest artwork of all time. From the majesty of Genesis to the mystery of Revelation, the Bible contains some of the world’s most powerful lessons and sublime wisdom. For centuries, it also has been the inspiration for captivating works of art.
Published by Orbis Books, the book division of the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Sister Wendy’s Bible Treasury combines compelling Bible stories with the works of Masaccio, Raphael, Rubens, Degas and Rembrandt depicting the Old Testament, and by Poussin, Delacroix, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Duccio, da Vinci, Giotto, Titian and Craigie Atchison for the New Testament.
From the Old Testament, the stories selected by Sister Wendy include Adam and Eve expelled from Paradise, Jacob wrestling with the angel, Moses encountering God in the burning bush, Samson betrayed by Delilah, David slaying Goliath, the beauty of Bathsheba and the wisdom of Solomon. From the New Testament, the figure of Jesus is revealed with his compelling parables and miracles, and with major events of his life from the Nativity to the Resurrection. The Biblical texts are taken from the well-loved Authorized Version/King James Bible.
A journey into the heart of the Bible and centuries of artists’ interpretations of the Bible, Sister Wendy’s Bible Treasury is a unique gift for anyone who enjoys a different perspective on the Bible and appreciates fine art.
Sister Wendy Becket is the author of the international bestseller The Story of Painting (DK ADULT, 2000) and she has appeared in a series of popular BBC documentaries about the history of art. A former Sister of Notre Dame, Sister Wendy has lived, since 1979, as a contemplative nun within the grounds of a Carmelite Monastery in Norfolk, England.
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