The Art of Holy Week and Easter

Meditations on the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus

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Pub Date 23 Mar 2021 | Archive Date 20 Jan 2021

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Brimming with Sister Wendy Beckett’s irrepressible wisdom and enthusiasm, The Art of Holy Week and Easter is a beautiful Lent book for 2021 exploring the spiritual riches of some of the world’s greatest paintings of the Passion and Resurrection of Jesus. Illustrated in stunning full colour with thirty famous and lesser-known Western masterpieces and presented in a small, easily portable format, this little book is ideal Lent reading for all art lovers. The Art of Holy Week and Easter offers a chance to hear again the voice of Sister Wendy as she gently leads you into a deeper appreciation of all that these paintings convey to the discerning eye. You’ll gain a fuller and more spiritual understanding of Christian art, and see Holy Week and Easter as never before.

Brimming with Sister Wendy Beckett’s irrepressible wisdom and enthusiasm, The Art of Holy Week and Easter is a beautiful Lent book for 2021 exploring the spiritual riches of some of the world’s...


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Having no art background and having not ever gone to art galleries or spent time looking at art, I’m probably not the target audience for this book.

But then again, maybe I’m exactly the target audience, because I found this book absolutely fascinating.
Filled with some pictures that I’d seen before and a lot I’d never come across, this book opened my eyes to the deeper meanings behind the canvas.

Each picture comes alongside a blurb explaining what we see and a deeper explanation of the meaning behind some of the elements of the painting. Things that I’d never consider, like why a particular painting may be light in one area and dark in another and what significance that might have.

"It is a supremely beautiful picture, where light and shade in themselves are used to tell a story; the darkness, the shadow, is passing away to the upper right and light is coming in, flooding over Jesus and calling him back to the warmth of the world. "

I guess these might be things that other people would just see and understand, but for an art newbie like me, there were some real lightbulb moments.

As I said before, some of the paintings in the book I had definitely seen in the past, but some of them were completely new to me. All of them however had something to say.

I think the only dampener on my experience was the fact that because I’m reading this as an advanced copy from NetGalley, it’s in ebook format and this book doesn’t really lend itself well to an ebook – the pictures were really small so I had to keep Googling them on my phone to appreciate them properly – I’d definitely recommend choosing a physical copy over digital.

I think this would be the perfect book to read over lent, taking a picture each day and allowing yourself time to just sit and appreciate the details, before allowing Sister Wendy’s beautiful words to complete that picture for you and praying over the things that you can see.

What better way to lead up to Easter Sunday than to appreciate how different artists have interpreted the events of Holy Week and Easter, and have those paintings explained to you with such passion and depth of knowledge.

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