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Subtle Bodies
By Glenn Peers

Subtle Bodies

Representing Angels in Byzantium

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Subtle Bodies by Glenn Peers

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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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520224056
ISBN-10: 0520224051
Format: Hardback
(235mm x 156mm x 22mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 14-Feb-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Glenn Peers

Glenn Peers is Assistant Professor of Art and Art History at the University of Texas, Austin. He collaborated with Massimo Bernabo and Rita Tarasconi on Il Fisiologo di Smirne (1998), and he is completing a study on framing in Byzantine art.

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