The Sacred Image East and West

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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
  • Sales rank: 1,390,342
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Sacred Image 1
The Byzantine Panel Portrait before and after Iconoclasm 25
Text and Image on an Icon of the Crucifixion at Mount Sinai 45
Murderer among the Angels: The Frontispiece Miniatures of Paris. Gr. 510 and the Iconography of the Archangels in Byzantine Art 63
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 Contexts 91
Images East and West: The Ascent of the Cross 110
Reflections on St. Luke's Hand: Icons and the Nature of Aura in the Burgundian Low Countries during the Fifteenth Century 132
The Liber miraculorum of Unterlinden: An Icon in Its Convent Setting 147
Roger van der Weyden's Escorial Crucifixion and Carthusian Devotional Practices 191
Conclusion: Image, Audience, and Place: Interaction and Reproduction 204
Illustrations 221
Contributors 303
Index 305
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