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

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Overview

Subtle Bodies / Edition 1


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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