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Early Christian Iconography and a School of Ivory Carvers in Provence
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Early Christian Iconography and a School of Ivory Carvers in Provence


Princeton University Press, Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press 1918

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E. Baldwin Smith’s Early Christian Iconography and a School of Ivory Carvers in Provence examines art in the early Church, providing valuable insight into the history and development of Christian art during the first eight centuries of our era. Smith includes over a hundred illustrations as he groups the monuments of early Christian art into schools, using iconography as his basis. Smith distinguishes the iconographic types of Egypt, Syria, Asia Minor, Italy, and Provence, and then uses these distinct art centers as he seeks to make a case for the origin of disputed monuments. Divided into two parts, this text also includes Smith’s argument for the existence of a distinct school of early Christian ivory carvers in Provence. This text offers an excellent introduction to the early history of Christian art, and will be of use to anyone looking to learn more about art in the early church, art history, and the development of iconography.

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Key Features

  • Provides a systematic study of Christian art from its inception through the ninth century
  • Offers a summary of schools of early Christian art, based on iconography
  • Includes a helpful illustration index and more than 100 illustrations


  • Part One—Early Christian Iconography
    • Introduction
    • The Virgin in the Temple
    • The Annunciation at the Spring
    • The Nativity
    • The Appearance of the Star to the Magi
    • The Adoration of the Magi
    • The Massacre of the Innocents
    • Christ Among the Doctors
    • The Baptism
    • The Miracle of Cana
    • The Healing of the Blind
    • The Healing of the Paralytic
    • The Raising of Lazarus
    • The Entry into Jerusalem
    • The Last Supper
    • The Presentation of the Crowns
    • The Widow’s Mite
    • Christ Triumphant
    • Summary of the Schools of Early Christian Art
  • Part Two—A School of Ivory Carvers in Provence
    • Introduction
    • The Orientalizing of Gaul
    • Ivory Book of Covers in Milan Cathedral
    • Werden Casket in the Victoria and Albert Museum
    • Diptych in the Library of Rouen
    • Two Ivory Fragments in the Berlin and Nevers Museums
    • Ivory Book Cover in the Bodleian Library Oxford

Product Details

  • Title: Early Christian Iconography and a School of Ivory Carvers in Provence
  • Author: E. Baldwin Smith
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication Date: 1918
  • Pages: 276

About E. Baldwin Smith

Earl Baldwin Smith studied at Pratt Institute, Bowdoin College, and eventually Princeton University, where he earned his PhD in 1915. He went on to join the faculty of Princeton, as a professor of art and archeology. In 1931, Smith became the first Howard Crosby Butler Professor of the History of Architecture at Princeton, and in 1936 he took on the role of director of the American Institute for Iranian Art and Archeology. He published a number of scholarly works in his field including The Dome, Egyptian Architecture as Cultural Expression, and volume 30 of the Princeton Monographs in Art and Architecture.

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