The Forbidden Image: An Intellectual History of Iconoclasm

The Forbidden Image: An Intellectual History of Iconoclasm

by Alain Besancon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226044149

ISBN-13: 9780226044149

Pub. Date: 04/01/2009

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

How did the representation of the divine come to be an issue of philosophical import? Why was the biblical proscription of "graven images" interpreted differently by Jews, Muslims, and Christians? How have modern thinkers and artists addressed notions of the sacred in the realm of art? The Forbidden Image traces the dual strains of "iconophilia" and

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How did the representation of the divine come to be an issue of philosophical import? Why was the biblical proscription of "graven images" interpreted differently by Jews, Muslims, and Christians? How have modern thinkers and artists addressed notions of the sacred in the realm of art? The Forbidden Image traces the dual strains of "iconophilia" and iconoclasm, the privileging and prohibition of religious images, over a span of two and half millennia in the West.

Philosophers and theologians have long engaged in intense debate and introspection over the representation of the deity, its possibilities and its proscriptions. Alain Besançon's work begins with a comprehensive examination of the status of the image in Greek, Judaic, Islamic, and Christian thought. The author then addresses arguments regarding the moral authority of the image in both Eastern and Western European Christianity from the medieval through the early modern periods, and analyzes the Roman Catholic Church's rhetorical use of images to educate and stir viewers to piety. Besançon completes The Forbidden Image with an examination of how iconophilia and iconoclasm have been debated in the modern period by thinkers as diverse as Calvin, Pascal, Kant, and Hegel, concluding the volume with a discussion of how these theological and intellectual currents have transformed European painting.

Now available in English translation, The Forbidden Image is an in-depth study of a topic of long-standing philosophical, religious, and artistic significance. This highly acclaimed work will reach a new audience of readers in the fields of intellectual and art history, religion, and philosophy.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226044149
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
04/01/2009
Pages:
448
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Pt. 1Iconoclasm: The Ancient Cycle11
Ch. 1The Philosophical Critique of the Image13
Ch. 2The Biblical Prohibition63
Ch. 3The Image in Dispute109
Pt. 2Pax Romana of the Image147
Ch. 4The Middle Ages149
Ch. 5The Renaissance and the Baroque Period165
Pt. 3Iconoclasm: The Modern Cycle183
Ch. 6The New Theology of the Image185
Ch. 7The New Theology at Work227
Ch. 8The Russian Revolution319
Conclusion378
Notes383
Index409

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