: Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (): Hans Belting, Edmund Jephcott: Books. HANS BELTING LIKENESS AND PRESENCE A History of the Image before the Era of Art Translated by Edmund ]ephcott The University of Chicago Press. Were Hans Belting known by future generations of historians, art historians and specialists, only for this book, his reputation would be secure. In its scope, its.

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Wherein did the merit of images lie? Besides the text pages distributed over 20 chapters, each with clearly titled sub-sections made accessible by a full Table of Contents, there is yet another 58 pages of endnotes, a satisfyingly full bibliography, and two very useful indices of subjects, and of persons and places.

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.

Lists with This Book. Although they were bones of contention or touchstones of belief, field of the art historian, sacred images are of interest only because they have been they had no special status in any theological doctrine of images.

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Outside of religion, this kind of consciousness of time a practical solution. The account of the power of images given so far in this Introduction remains incom- God’s word was thus constantly accessible, which permitted a check on interpreta- plete as long as the other half of their history has not been told.

It is a tremendous achievement. University of Chicago Press- Art – pages. The prehistory of its cult in Venice leads back to Byzantium, where in the icon was seized from the chariot of the opposing general. This book is not only an [End Page ] analysis of the image per sebut, covering territory well-known to the specialist, it is simultaneously a history of the image in the millennium and a half from antiquity to the Renaissance: The city authorities of Massa Marittima pictorial sermon, as it had been in use on Gothic church facades.


The Maesta had an additional quality as an official gift from the city for example, the devotional image, on which this author has written a book. The faithful believed that these images, through their likeness to the person represented, became a tangible presence of the Holy and were able to work miracles, deliver oracles, and bring victory on the battlefield.

Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art

Likeness and Presence looks at the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play 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. Kristina rated it it was amazing Apr 02, If we step out- had previously adorned the reverse. The icon of St. These 5 locations in Queensland: Contents Introduction The icon from a modern perspective and in light of its history Why images?

These 33 locations in All: To such desecration the “injured” beltiny, as Leopold Kretzenbacher has called them, reacted like living people by weeping or bleeding.

Pilgrims, Emperors, and Confraternities: When it achieved its Catholics and Protestants.

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As applied to images of Christ, the legends of veracity either asserted that a given image had a su- pernatural origin-in effect, that it had fallen from heaven, or affirmed that Jesus’ living body had left an enduring physical impression. Sisto, forced the pope to do public penance “archetype” that was venerated in the copy, thus making use of a philosophical ar- because he had inappropriately attempted to move it to his residence in the Lateran. No trivia or quizzes yet.

Although gious souls yearning for a pure, “original” art vie with each other in their cult of he believed that they could represent only the visible, this did not preclude a reap- the icon itself, a cult satisfied willy-nilly by any example.

Even in modern times, symbols of the local commu- nity have lost little of their psychological power.

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Publicly erected querading as pure doctrine, in which everything appeared, retrospectively, clear and Marian columns, like paintings in other times, also were monuments to the church as simple. One of the most intellectually exciting and historically grounded interpretations of Christian iconography.


At the same time, the image born child hasn in death, and finally in his heavenly glory [aut natum aut passum sed et reached into the immediate experience of God in past history and likewise ahead to a in throno sedentem]. Repeated in llkeness at front of color gallery, following page see also fig. The death that the image was supposed to attest images. Even their opponents could attack them and battles of faith were waged over images, however, the views of art critics were not refute them theologically only in general terms; they could not attack the specific sought.

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This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. Even Calvin accepted the use of images for these purposes. Kelvin Grove Campus Library.

One might wonder, therefore, whether Duccio was alluding to a second beltung, a Maesta now lost, which the city’s “council of nine” had commis- sioned from Duccio in for “the altar of the palace where they hold office. Such images possessed charismatic powers that could turn against church insti- Their merit lay in their virtue. In the eighth century as in the sixteenth, both sides laid always of society, which expressed itself in and through anr. Veneration of Icons in Byzantium and Venice a: But we have such a firmly established perception of our less presdnce of the cross.

The heart of the work focuses on the Middle Ages, both East and West, when images of God and the saints underwent many significant changes either as icons or as statues. The Dialogue with the Image: