For those who appreciate religious art, it’s refreshing to discover an internet resource that includes high quality art. The Jean and Alexander Heard Library of Vanderbilt University, in their database called Art in the Christian Tradition (ACT), is such a source. This database is free to view and regularly updated with new visual images. It is designed for scholars, students, pastors, and religious educators and all of the images may be used for educational and/or religious non-profit purposes. Currently, the database includes over 4000 images. It is linked to the Revised Common Lectionary, another Vanderbilt Divinity Library internet resource, as a way to connect biblical texts with art images. Visitors to this site can search for images by keyword, Scripture reference, lectionary link or person/subject. Once the search is defined, the database will solicit a number of images to choose from. This is an easy to use resource for anyone interested in fine art from the Christian tradition.
Reviewed by Beth Booram