The Material and the Ideal: Essays in Medieval Art and Archaeology in Honour of Jean-Michel Spieser

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Anthony Cutler, Arietta Papaconstantinou
BRILL, 2007 - History - 240 pages
Reflecting the diverse interests of Jean-Michel Spieser, his colleagues, students and friends contribute papers focused on topics ranging from the changing role of the apse and the layout of late antique basilicas to holy relics said to have been brought from Constantinople. Many of the articles address the nature and impact of specific media - goldsmiths' work, ivory and ceramics - while a group of highly original, broader studies is devoted to such larger issues as ritual display in the tenth century, the metaphorical significance of pottery and an interrogation of the supposed influence of Byzantine icons on Western medieval art. Throughout, the achievement of the authors is to move from concrete observations of particular objects to the larger meaning they held for those who commissioned and made use of them.
 

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Contents

An Introduction
1
ZurApsisalsBildort
15
Divine or Human? Some Remarks on the Design and Layout
31
Urban and Rural Funerary Practices in Early Medieval Illyricum
47
autour dun groupe dédifices
63
A Recently Discovered Ivory of St Ignatios and the Lions
113
LenouvelordredumondeoulimageducosmosàLesnovo
129
TheSacredVesselandtheMeasureofaMan
149
tradition maintenue
177
Florence
189
la Véronique
205
À propos des influences byzantines sur lart du Moyen Âge
219
Index
233
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Anthony Cutler is the Evan Pugh Professor of Art History at Pennsylvania State University. He has published extensively on Late Antique and Byzantine art, with a special concentration on ivory carving.
Arietta Papaconstantinou is currently Marie Curie Fellow at the Oriental Institute, Oxford University. She is the author of Le culte des saints en Égypte des Byzantins aux Abbassides (CNRS, 2001) and of various articles on aspects of late antique and early Islamic social history and material culture.

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