art

Books

Imperial Rome and Christian Triumph, by Jas Elsner and The Clash of Gods, by Thomas F. Mathews

The rich and fascinating resources explore the first few centuries of Christian art in the context of the culture of Rome and its provinces, imperial religious ceremonies and competing cults.

Books

Painted word

Painting the Word: Christian Pictures and Their Meanings, by John Drury
Seeing Salvation: Images of Christ in Art, by Neil MacGregor with Erika Langmuir

Film

Summer hours

A well-established French cinematic tradition is to spin out a story that seems to be about very little—until you get a peek beneath the surface and can see it is about a dizzying number of things. Then the themes and symbols rain down, forcing you to watch and listen carefully lest you miss one of the clues that helps explain, perhaps even solve, the tale.