This unique view of the Holy City is a blend of compelling history and sumptuous visuals, featuring new scholarship and many previously unpublished images collected from all over the world.
As the spiritual center of the world's three monotheistic religions, Jerusalem is a crossroads of art, architecture, and history. The sanctified sites of the city, its fascinating personages, and its breathtaking landscapes have captivated the imagination of artists over the centuries-but, as in every culture, the images that resulted speak more of the values and beliefs of their creators that of the actual course of events.Jerusalem: Stone and Spirit offers a truly unique view of the Holy City in a blend of compelling history and sumptuous visuals. Images collected from all over the world-many previously unpublished-show maps based on the bible and historical events; lithographs, including a romanticized view of the Dome of the Rock; the earliest Biblical quotation found, inscribed on a silver plaque; illuminated manuscripts sowing Mohammad's ascension into heaven and the cursaders' siege of Jerusalem; coins stamped with an early image of the menorah or a portrait of the Emperor Hadrian; and mosaics, reliefs, letters and paintings. These fascinating artifacts-the soul of Jerusalem past and present-narrate the religious, social, political, and artistic history of the city.