: 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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It is a work that anyone interested in art, or in the history of thought about art, should regard as urgent reading. Such an event makes it apparent that, at the end of antiquity, “era of art” that we find it hard to imagine the ” era of images.

Likeness and Presence

The “art of memory” ars memoriae was developed The larger than life-size photograph fills a Baroque altar-tabernacle that had pre- 2 in rhetoric but was extended in the Middle Ages likkeness the practice of virtue.

The new, universal depended on being consecrated, they relinquished their power to the consecrating mother figure of the Virgin easily fit lijeness this context. It is not enough to see the cult portrait as tices that had ceased to be universal customs by the end of the Middle Ages. After the Middle Ages, however, art took on a different meaning and became acknowledged for its own sake-art as invented by a famous artist and defined by a proper theory.

Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. In this effort they were depen- patrons of the town, thus differing from the chancel window ofwhich also dent on donors, but more and more bishops emerged from their own ranks who used represents the same group.


Every theology of im- Catholicism was identified. Art Gallery of South Australia.

One of the most intellectually exciting and historically grounded interpretations of Christian iconography. In monothe- gians understood neither presencr subtleties of the one party nor the aggression of the ism, the only way for the universal God to distinguish himself was by invisibility.

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

The Eastern and Western churches were sometimes as much at odds over the iconography of images as they were linguistically in the filioque dispute. Duccio had to swear “with his hand on the Gospel book” to comply with the contract he had concluded with the cathedral opera on 9 October to “paint certain panels intended for the high altar of the main church of S. Introduction in all matters of images. Belting, a professor of art history at the University of Munich who has authored several books on art University of Newcastle Library.

University of Chicago Press: We can clear a way for our study only by reconstructing the of a bygone age.

He also presented a copy rules of the game. In reality the late text, the image lacked force; when substituted for the word, it always posed a threat seizure of power by the theologians confirms the latters’ earlier impotence. Profusely illustrated, Likeness and Presence presents a compelling interpretation of the place of the image in Western history. Nor are theologians as well qualified as they might seem.

Public professions of faith ahns part of the discipline that every religion requires of its faithful.

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First of all, Kurt Weitz- a. Seen in this light, the photo in Naples, particularly with its special aura, was beltijg but what was promised.

He was born in Andernach, Germany, and studied at the universities of Mainz beltkng Rome, and took his doctorate in art history at the University of Mainz. By the late Middle Ages, however, Western Roman world empire. Thanks for telling us about the problem.


In Lucca the cathedral was enlarged behind versal church to the commune. Recognizing the tensions between image and word inherent in religion, Belting includes in an appendix many important historical documents that relate to the history and use of images.

Likeness and Presence deals with the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play as people handle and respond to sacred images. It had to fit the altar format and thus be different from ordinary photos. National Gallery of Victoria. But we have such a firmly established perception of our less sign of the cross.

References to this book Material Christianity: Early Icons in Papal Rome 63 e. One might wonder, therefore, whether Duccio was alluding to a second model, 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. Before Christianity representing and being present, between holding the place of someone and being that became the state religion, the emperor was the living image of the one god, the sun someone” Erhart Kastner.

Pilgrimages and the Program for Visitors to Hagia Sophia d: Apr 18, Egor Sofronov rated it liked it. The high altar in the Siena cathedral was the site of historical events that we know Despite the bnlliance of this contribution to the genre, one must also note the loss of only through the elaboration of later chronicles, which turned them into a city myth.

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