This is the paperback edition of the highly acclaimed, Views of Jerusalem, now published for the first time in full-color. Following the same format as the popular Views of Rome, this book is both an historical document as well as a collection of breathtaking photographs. The prominent holy sites of the Jewish, Islamic, and Christian worlds are represented–including the Wailing Wall, the Damascus Gate, the Ecce Homo Arch on the Via Dolorosa, the Dome of the Rock, the Church of St. John the Baptist in Samaria, the tomb of the Virgin Mary, and the room of the Last Supper, and more.
The current media focus on the region makes this area more important than ever. As history continues to be made in Jerusalem, more and more people seek knowledge of the Middle East. The book's manageable paperback format makes it a very appealing gift book for the traveler to the region, for students, and for those with a general interest in the history and sights of Jerusalem and the Holy Land.
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Steven Brooke is the photographer of Rizzoli's Savannah Style and Views of Rome and is a regular contributor to books and journals on architecture and design.From Library Journal:
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all hold Jerusalem sacred, and practitioners of all faiths have portrayed the city in art as it has been shaped by political forces throughout history. Both authors discuss Jerusalem's history, mixing in the romantic elements of art and the grandeur of architecture. Bahat combines text and art in a complementary fashion, focusing on the emotional and religious components of Jerusalem's historical development. He presents the romantic and religious views of Jerusalem held by three monotheistic religions and discusses how the art became a way to create a consciousness of the holy site for people far away. The art reflects visions of Jerusalem by both European and Islamic artists, though there are too few representations of Islamic art. Brooke's discussion covers sacred space, pilgrimage, and photographers in the 19th and 20th centuries. The photos, primarily of ruins, houses of worship, and buildings in sacred places, illustrate how buildings create and further a place's centrality for a people. Bahat and Brooke both succeed in demonstrating Jerusalem's presence in religious consciousness, showing how the city, its respective governments, and the three monotheistic religions have left their mark on one another. These books complement each other and can be enjoyed separately; both are recommended for public and academic libraries where there is interest in the subject.ANaomi E. Hafter, Broward Cty. P.L., Ft. Lauderdale, FL
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