A Brief History of Religion in Art

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Did you know that some languages have no word for art? The English language does and the narrator of this short video discusses the aesthetic dimension of religious art as it "visually communicates meaning beyond language." 

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Pros

  • The video traces development of religious art from iconographic to anthropomorphic representations
  • Included in the resource is a short multiple choice assessment, discussion questions, and links to resources for further research
Cons

  • Although the video does touch on the history of religious representation in art, the narrator focuses on art as an expression of human experience
  • Preview the video to determine if the images are appropriate for your classroom
  • Viewers new to the topic may need some help with the specialized vocabulary 
  • Neither the title nor the creator of the various works is identified