The Christian Art Tradition

Sixty-two works of art and artifacts

Sixty-two one-thousand-word essays

From the ancient world to the modern era

A Thousand Words by Mary Elizabeth Podles is a collection of her popular columns on art from Touchstone: A Journal of Mere Christianity.

Included in this book are her first 62 essays, which appeared in Touchstone from 2012 through 2022. She has also added thirteen new essays introducing each historical period—from the Ancient World to the Modern Era—by which her subjects have been arranged.

These thousand-word reflections offer readers a wide array of illuminating insights on art, culture, history, and, of course, the Christian tradition.

“beautiful, sumptuous”

Roger Kimball, Editor and Publisher, The New Criterion (more)

“a masterly work”

Anthony Esolen, publisher of the online literary magazine Word & Song (more)

“deeply rooted in history and theology”

Nancy Pearcey, professor and scholar in residence at Houston Christian University (more)

“lively, penetrating”

Maureen Mullarkey, painter and art critic, senior contributor to The Federalist (more)

“Podles magnificently achieves her aim: ‘to make the image speak.’”

—Ralph C. Wood, Emeritus Professor of Theology and Literature, Baylor University


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