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Christianity has been a central force in the shaping of western culture for centuries. It is not surprising then that the greatest artists through the ages have sought to paint its story. This book tells the history of Christian art, delving into purpose behind the masterpieces and looking at the context in which they were created. The modern reader who feels detached from the meaning of the paintings will find help in understanding their emotional as well as their aesthetic power, and the Christian reader will be encouraged to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the Christian cultural legacy.