Bild und Kult

ISBN-10: 0226042154
ISBN-13: 9780226042152
Edition: 1996
List price: $69.00
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Description: Before the Renaissance and Reformation, holy images were treated not as "art" but as objects of veneration which possessed the tangible presence of the Holy. In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and  More...

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Book details

List price: $69.00
Copyright year: 1996
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 1/15/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 676
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.980
Language: English

Before the Renaissance and Reformation, holy images were treated not as "art" but as objects of veneration which possessed the tangible presence of the Holy. In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role in European culture. Likeness and Presence looks at the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play as people handle and respond to sacred images, and presents a compelling interpretation of the place of the image in Western history. "A rarity within its genre—an art-historical analysis of iconography which is itself iconoclastic. . . . One of the most intellectually exciting and historically grounded interpretations of Christian iconography." —Graham Howes, Times Literary Supplement "Likeness and Presence offers the best source to survey the facts of what European Christians put in their churches. . . . An impressively detailed contextual analysis of medieval objects." —Robin Cormack, New York Times Book Review "I cannot begin to describe the richness or the imaginative grandeur of Hans Belting's book. . . . It is a work that anyone interested in art, or in the history of thought about art, should regard as urgent reading. It is a tremendous achievement."—Arthur C. Danto, New Republic

List of Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
The Power of Images and the Limitations of Theologians
Portrait and Memory
The Images' Loss of Power and Their New Role as Art
The Icon from a Modern Perspective and in Light of Its History
The ""Painter's Manual of Mount Athos"" and Romanticism
The Rediscovery of the Icon in Russia
Italian Panel Painting as the Heir to the Icon
The Discoveries in Rome and at Mount Sinai
Problems with a History of the Icon: The Deficiency of a History

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