Subtle Bodies / Edition 1

Subtle Bodies / Edition 1

by Glenn Peers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0520224051

ISBN-13: 9780520224056

Pub. Date: 02/09/2001

Publisher: University of California Press

Throughout the course of Byzantine history, Christian doctrine taught that angels have a powerful place in cosmology. It also taught that angels were immaterial, bodiless, invisible beings. But if that were the case, how could they be visualized and depicted in icons and other works of art? This book describes the strategies used by Byzantine artists to represent

Overview

Throughout the course of Byzantine history, Christian doctrine taught that angels have a powerful place in cosmology. It also taught that angels were immaterial, bodiless, invisible beings. But if that were the case, how could they be visualized and depicted in icons and other works of art? This book describes the strategies used by Byzantine artists to represent the incorporeal forms of angels and the rationalizations in defense of their representations mustered by theologians in the face of iconoclastic opposition. Glenn Peers demonstrates that these problems of representation provide a unique window on Late Antique thought in general.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780520224056
Publisher:
University of California Press
Publication date:
02/09/2001
Series:
Transformation of the Classical Heritage Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1320L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations

Introduction
1. Issues in Representing Angels
2. Arguments against Images of Angels
3. Representing Angels: Images and Theory
4. The Veneration of Angels and Their Images
5. Apprehending the Archangel Michael
Conclusion
Bibliography

Index

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