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Images of Cult and Devotion

Function and Reception of Christian Images in Medieval and Post-Medieval Europe

In recent decades, art historical writing has focused strongly on the use and reception of images. The contributions in this publication are devoted to two crucial concepts or functions of Christian images in the Middle Ages and the post-Reformation period: the image of cult and the image of devotion (’Andachtsbild’).The contributions present and discuss visual art and the receptions and functions of pictures in the western (and eastern) European area from Late Antiquity to the 18th century. Furthermore, they bring into focus a rich Nordic material, which until now has been practically unknown in an international context. Several of the articles are are written in German.

328 pages | © 2004

Religion: Christianity

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Table of Contents


Christian Reliquaries and Pagan Idols
      Signe Horn Fuglesang
Pictures of Cult and Letters of Indulgence
      Ingalill Pegelow
The Cult of Medieval Wooden Sculptures in Post-Reformation Norway
      Martin Blindheim
Religiöses Erleben vor bildender Kunst in autobiographischen und biographischen Zeugnissen des Hoch- und Spätmittelalters
      Peter Dinzelbacher
Sehen—verstehen—erleben. Besondere Redaktionen narrativer Ikonographie im Stundengebetbuch
      F. O. Büttner
The Spatial Setting of Worship: Some Observations on the Relation Between Altarpieces and Churches
      Kees van der Ploeg
Zu Altar- und Andachtsbildern in den Wandmalereien des mittelalterlichen Dänemark
      Ulla Haastrup
Wall-Paintings and Devotion: The Impact of Late Medieval Piety on Danish Murals
      Søren Kaspersen
The Passion of Christ in Late Medieval Wall-Paintings
      Helena Edgren
Public Devotional Pictures in Late Medieval Denmark
      Poul Grinder-Hansen
The Iconography of the Enthroned Virgin with the Christ Child Standing in Her Lap
      Aina Trotzig
The Mother of God—The Life-Giving Fountain
      Jens Fleischer
Obtrusive Paintings: Pordenone and the Baroque Tendencies in Italian Art at the Beginning of the 16th Century
      Hanne Kolind Poulsen
Sind die Andachtsbilder mit  der Reformation verschwunden?
      Åke Andrén
The Sinner’s Contemplation
      Henrik von Achen
The Devotional Image: Reflections on Images in the Devotional Life of the Evangelical Tradition During the 17th and 18th Centuries
      Bengt Arvidsson

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