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date: 03 June 2020

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Every world religion has an attitude(s) toward the visual arts that can be categorized as being either iconic, aniconic, iconoclastic, or variations thereof. This chapter considers the multiple relationships between religion and the visual arts on the principle that the artist provides meaning and value though image and symbol. The art-historical distinctions between iconography and iconology provide the focus for a discussion of the interdisciplinary methods for interpreting symbolism in religious art. Following an analysis of the traditional concerns related to religion and the visual arts, this chapter gives attention to the contemporary challenges to religious images and symbols by globalization and religious pluralism.

Keywords: artist, globalization, iconoclastic/iconoclasm, iconography, iconology, image, religious art, religious pluralism, symbol/symbolism, visual art(s)

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