Twelfth-century individuals negotiated personal relationships along a continuum connecting rather than polarizing immediacy and mediated representation. Their markers of individuation, signs of identity and media of communication thus evidence practical engagement with contemporary medieval sign theory and perceptions of reality. In this study, the relevance of modern theory for the interpretation of medieval artifacts is shown to depend upon the parallel existence of theoretical activity by the producers and users of such artifacts. In the cultural landscape of the central Middle Ages, the axes of iconicity, semantics and materiality traced by charters, seals, and by both concrete and metaphorical images of the imprint, dynamically shaped the boundaries within which a sense of self was formulated, modulated, experienced, and enacted.
When Ego Was Imago
Ashby Kinch, The University of Montana
In Imago Mortis: Mediating Images of Death in Late Medieval Culture, Ashby Kinch argues that late medieval artists, writers, and patrons creatively adapted conventional death iconography in ways that ultimately affirm theiir artistic, social and political identities.
During the Middle Ages, the head of St John the Baptist was widely venerated. The present study offers the unique key to the Johannesschüssel as artifact, phenomenon, phantasm and medium.
Edited by Therese Martin
The twenty-four studies in this volume propose a new approach to framing the debate around the history of medieval art and architecture to highlight the multiple roles played by women, moving beyond today’s standard division of artist from patron.
Edited by Annette Hoffmann and Gerhard Wolf
Jerusalem, in her central role for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, became the setting for – or even the protagonist of – oral, written and pictorial narratives. This volume offers a multidisciplinary approach to entanglements between the city, as a continuously redefined space, and its narratives.
Edited by Louise Bourdua and Robert Gibbs
These studies explore aspects of Julian Gardner’s wide range of interests and approaches, ranging from Parisian metalwork to the Wilton diptych, Franciscan iconography, the tomb of a leading theologian and several studies of the art of Rome and Northern Italy.
Edited by Patricia A. Baker, Han Nijdam and Karine van 't Land
The papers in this volume question how perceptions of space influenced understandings of the body and its functions, illness and treatment, and the surrounding natural and built environments in relation to health in the classical and medieval periods.
Charles E. Barber
Drawing on a range of philosophical and theological writings produced in eleventh-century Byzantium, this book offers a reading of the icon and Byzantine aesthetics that not only expands our understanding of these topics but challenges our assumptions about the work of art itself.
Edited by Debra Higgs Strickland
This volume's essays together provide a rich investigation of the idea of sanctity and its many medieval manifestations across time (fifth through fifteenth centuries) and in different geographical locations (England, Scotland, France, Italy, the Low Countries) from multiple disciplinary ...
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