The Bible and Its PaintersBruce Bernard, Introduction by Lawrence Gowing (New York: Macmillan, 1983) 300 pp., 200 color plates, $24.95
There have been many picture books on art and the Bible, some lavishly produced; yet most of them remain essentially coffee table books, intended for a pleasant hour’s diversion rather than as a challenge to the mind and the eye. Bruce Bernard’s volume is not of this genre. It is a fascinating volume that skillfully reproduces a dazzling variety of paintings on biblical themes. It is a feast for the eyes, but it also provokes the mind.