When I became the Area Editor for Africa at the Grove Dictionary of Art in the early 1990s, I was surprised to find that the section devoted to “Religion” in the multipart survey article on the art of the continent was scheduled to have subsections on “Indigenous Religions,” “Islam,” and “Modern Developments” but none on “Christianity.” With a deadline looming, my attempts to commission a specialist author to fill the gap failed, so I had to cobble together an entry myself from the existing, scattered literature, devoting one of its seven paragraphs to the Kongo and their locally produced crucifixes and statues of saints (Coote 1996). Looking back on it now, it is difficult to understand how Christian works of art produced in Africa might have been omitted from this major survey, but on reflection it seems that even as late as the 1990s African Christian art was...
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March 01 2017
The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo
The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongoby
University of North Carolina Press for the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, Williamsburg, VA,
Online Issn: 1937-2108
Print Issn: 0001-9933
© 2017 by the Regents of the University of California.
African Arts (2017) 50 (1): 95–96.
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The Art of Conversion: Christian Visual Culture in the Kingdom of Kongo. African Arts 2017; 50 (1): 95–96. doi: https://doi.org/10.1162/AFAR_r_00339
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