By Henry Maguire
During this interdisciplinary research, Henry Maguire examines the impression of numerous literary genres and rhetorical concepts at the visible arts of Byzantium. specifically, he indicates that the literary gildings of the sermons and hymns of the church nourished the imaginations of artists, and essentially affected the iconography, sort, and association in their paintings. utilizing provocative fabric formerly strange to paintings historians, he concentrates on non secular artwork from a.d. 843 to 1453. during this interdisciplinary examine, Henry Maguire examines the effect of a number of literary genres and rhetorical strategies at the visible arts of Byzantium. particularly, he exhibits that the literary elaborations of the sermons and hymns of the church nourished the imaginations of artists, and essentially affected the iconography, type, and association in their paintings. utilizing provocative fabric formerly strange to artwork historians, he concentrates on spiritual artwork from a.d. 843 to 1453.
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Alter Icons: The Russian Icon and Modernity (New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2010). Premodern imaginings of suffering are discussed in Mitchell B. Merback, The Thief, the Cross, and the Wheel: Pain and the Spectacle of Punishment in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1998). On Soviet word and image relations: Yury Lotman, “Paint int r usi ve, int ra nsig e nt, inv isib l e 37 ing and the Language of Theatre: Notes on the Problem of Iconic Rhetoric,” in Tekstura, trans.
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