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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 book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role in European culture. It 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226042152
ISBN-10: 0226042154
Format: Paperback
(238mm x 164mm x 32mm)
Pages: 676
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 6-Feb-1997
Country of Publication: United States

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