Objects, Images, and the Word
Art in the Service of the Liturgy
Edited by Colum Hourihane
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Objects, Images, and the Word by Colum Hourihane
Book DescriptionThe medieval liturgy was in many ways a performance in which the worshipper was transformed into both actor and audience - an act of intense involvement steeped in spoken words, music, and images alike. Of all these elements, art was arguably paramount: it transformed the physical setting of this ritual, shaped the medieval sense of belief, and guided the faithful toward a fuller comprehension of the word. The complex and always evolving relationship between the liturgy and the wide range of art that it influenced is the subject of the thirteen scholars who present their recent work in this richly illustrated volume.The authors' approaches are as varied as the objects they examine, which range from sumptuous codexes, altarpieces, metal shrines, ivories, and the expansive stained-glass windows of the Sainte-Chapelle to more humble artifacts such as baptismal fonts, choir stalls, and drinking horns. One of the many conclusions that emerge from these essays is that "liturgical art" was far from being a rigidly controlled or formulaic genre. Throughout the Middle Ages it could - and did - respond readily and in nuanced detail to the changing expectations of the devout, the taste and demands of individuals, and even the lingering presence of secular and pagan objects. The contributors are Adelaide Bennett, Elaine C. Block, Lisa Victoria Ciresi, Michael Curschmann, William J. Diebold, Julian Gardner, Alyce A. Jordan, Peter Lasko, John Lowden, Carol Neuman de Vegvar, Harriet M. Sonne de Torrens, Elizabeth C. Teviotdale, and Beth Williamson.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780691115399
(280mm x 216mm x 23mm)
Imprint: Princeton University Press
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publish Date: 14-Apr-2003
Country of Publication: United States
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Gothic Art in Ireland, 1169-1550, Hardback (April 2003)
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Insights and Interpretations, Paperback (July 2002)» View all books by Colum Hourihane
Established in 1917, the Index of Christian Art, located at Princeton University, is the largest archive of medieval art in existence and the most specialized resource for the iconographer. This book features essays that highlight some of the research in the archive and the scholarship for which it has been renowned.
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Author Biography - Colum Hourihane
Colum Hourihane is Director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University. He is the editor of five other Princeton books, including" Insights and Interpretations" and "Virtue and Vice".
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