The Sacred Image East and West

The Sacred Image East and West

by Robert Ousterhout
     
 

ISBN-10: 0252020960

ISBN-13: 9780252020964

Pub. Date: 12/28/1994

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

A new generation of American medieval art historians explores how sacred images were perceived during the Middle Ages in Byzantium and Europe. Focusing on the relationship between a particular type of medieval art - the sacred image - and its audience, the contributors consider the part played in this relationship by the image's context, whether on the page of a book…  See more details below

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A new generation of American medieval art historians explores how sacred images were perceived during the Middle Ages in Byzantium and Europe. Focusing on the relationship between a particular type of medieval art - the sacred image - and its audience, the contributors consider the part played in this relationship by the image's context, whether on the page of a book or on the wall of a building. The book allows the reader to see the fluidity of the sacred image, showing how factors including audience, purpose, and setting affected the form it took. The essays cover a full range of images, including panel paintings, altarpieces, manuscripts, and wall paintings, and a rich variety of socioreligious settings, private, monastic, and imperial. Also examined are the differences between images produced for a single viewer and those produced for communities; images produced for private contemplation or devotion and those that functioned within a liturgical setting; and the varying ways in which sacred images affected women and men, religious and secular communities, rulers and the ruled.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252020964
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
12/28/1994
Series:
Illinois Byzantine Studies, #4
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Sacred Image1
The Byzantine Panel Portrait before and after Iconoclasm25
Text and Image on an Icon of the Crucifixion at Mount Sinai45
Murderer among the Angels: The Frontispiece Miniatures of Paris. Gr. 510 and the Iconography of the Archangels in Byzantine Art63
Icon and Narrative in the Berlin Life of St. Lucy (Kupferstichkabinett MS. 78 A 4)72
The Virgin of the Chora: An Image and Its Contexts91
Images East and West: The Ascent of the Cross110
Reflections on St. Luke's Hand: Icons and the Nature of Aura in the Burgundian Low Countries during the Fifteenth Century132
The Liber miraculorum of Unterlinden: An Icon in Its Convent Setting147
Roger van der Weyden's Escorial Crucifixion and Carthusian Devotional Practices191
Conclusion: Image, Audience, and Place: Interaction and Reproduction204
Illustrations221
Contributors303
Index305

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