Reconstructing the Reality of Images: Byzantine Material Culture and Religious Iconography 11Th-15th Centuries

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BRILL, 2003 - Social Science - 417 pages
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This volume examines the occurrence of secular contemporary artefacts (realia) in Middle and Late Byzantine religious painting. It explores the potential of Byzantine art as a source of information on material culture and inquires into the semiotic function of realia in religious pictorial contexts. The first part of the book comprises five case studies dedicated to imperial, official, aristocratic, and military dress, furniture, furnishings, and implements. The creative processes that led to the introduction of realia into religious iconography are discussed in the commentary. The book conveys a wealth of information especially on Byzantine dress and provides valuable new insights into the workings of Byzantine art. It is an original and thorough investigation of a fascinating, yet surprisingly little-studied subject.
  

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Contents

Chapter One IMPERIAL COSTUME
11
Chapter Two OFFICIAL AND ARISTOCRATIC
51
Chapter Three MILITARY COSTUME
101
Chapter Four FURNITURE AND FURNISHINGS
159
Chapter Five IMPLEMENTS
198
Chapter Six COMMENTARY
218
B CHRONOLOGICAL AND REGIONAL DIVERSITY
238
CREATORS AND RECIPIENTS OF RELIGIOUS ART AS FACTORS
276
SYNOPSIS
290
Portraits of Byzantine Emperors and Their
313
Portraits of Byzantine Officials Aristocrats
325
Tables
342
Bibliography
350
Index
375
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Maria G. Parani, Ph.D. in Archaeology, University of Oxford (1999), is interested in the study of Byzantine material culture. She has published articles on Byzantine ceremonial dress and bridal costume.

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