The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany

The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany

by Jeffrey F. Hamburger
     
 

The Visual and the Visionary adds a new dimension to the study of female spirituality, with its nuanced account of the changing roles of images in medieval monasticism from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In nine essays embracing the histories of art, religion, and literature, Jeffrey Hamburger explores the interrelationships between the visual arts and

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The Visual and the Visionary adds a new dimension to the study of female spirituality, with its nuanced account of the changing roles of images in medieval monasticism from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In nine essays embracing the histories of art, religion, and literature, Jeffrey Hamburger explores the interrelationships between the visual arts and female spirituality in the context of the cura monialium, the pastoral care of nuns. Used as instruments of instruction and inspiration, images occupied a central place in debates over devotional practice, monastic reform, and mystical expression. Far from supplementing a history of art from which they have been excluded, the images made by and for women shaped that history decisively by defining novel modes of religious expression, above all,
the relationship between sight and subjectivity. With this book, the study of female piety and artistic patronage becomes an integral part of the general history of medieval art and spirituality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780942299458
Publisher:
Zone Books
Publication date:
10/30/1998
Pages:
608
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 11.10(h) x 2.00(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Christopher S. Wood
A passionate, methodical, and forceful exercise in scholarly iconophilia.

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