Similar to "The Old Testament", the author told the life of Jesus and his disciples through 100 paintings.
Although I am not a Christian, I have studied at Christian primary and secondary schools, and have taken religious studies for over 10 years. Like its prequel "The Old Testament", "The New Testament Through 100 Masterpieces of Art" serves as a good and entertaining refresher course for me on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ.
One of the things that I learn from reading both books is the importance of marketing. The New Testament is a good promotional tool that repackages the teachings of God in a more palatable manner that can be understood by the mass market. (I don't think many people find the calamities, blood and gore depicted in the Old Testament acceptable.)
One thing I don't like about the book is some of the paintings selected by the author. While he has chosen the works of great masters like Rembrandt, Botticelli, Titian and Velazquez, a number of paintings are quite obscure. I am disappointed that Dieric Bouts' The Last Supper, rather than the one by Leonardo da Vinci, is shown in the book, even though the latter is the most representative....Continua