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In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role in European culture. Likeness and Presence looks at the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play Before the Renaissance and Reformation, holy images were treated not as “art” but as objects of veneration which possessed the tangible presence of the Holy.
Likeness and Presence looks at the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play as people handle and respond to sacred images, and presents a compelling interpretation of the place of the image in Western history. One of the most intellectually exciting and historically grounded interpretations of Christian iconography. An impressively detailed contextual analysis of medieval objects. It is a work that anyone interested in art, or in the history of thought about art, should regard as urgent reading.
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Be the first to ask a question about Likeness and Presence. Lists with This Book. This book focuses on the history of the image in art. Byzantine art is an important part of this and one of the best sources for viewing the influence of Byzantine art is in the sacred mosaics of Ravenna Italy.
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They are the finest outside Istanbul. A thriving seaport in ancient times it now lies five miles inlandRavenna rose to power in the 1st century BC under the Emperor Augustus.
The Roman emperor built a port and naval base at nearby Classe, which is currently undergoing archaeological e This book focuses on the history of the image in art.
The Roman emperor built a port and naval base at nearby Classe, which is currently undergoing archaeological excavation. The town converted to Christianity very early, in the 2nd century AD. The following century it came under the rule of Thedoric and the Arian Ostrogoths, and in the city became part of the Byzantine empire under Justinian. Ravenna’s exquisite early Christian mosaics span the years of Roman, Ostrogothic and Byzantine rule. Today, Ravenna is a very pleasant town of aboutIt looks much like any other Italian city at first glance, with old streets, fine shops and peaceful squares, but the Byzantine domes of its churches still evoke its Eastern heritage.
Ravenna’s early Christian churches and mosaics have been collectively designated a World Heritage Site. With the fall of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire to the Ottoman Turks in some of the artists fled to Crete and established a Greek artist colony. It is in his early work that the influence of icons is most evident, but it can be seen in his large-scale masterpieces produced in Spain later in his career.
For more than two centuries Byzantine art was out of favor, primarily as a result of the Reformation, but in mid-nineteenth century France artists rediscovered Byzantine art and the Orient in general as can be seen in the work of Gustave Moreau and Jean Renoir. This influence spread throughout Europe and can be seen in the works of such diverse artists as Gustave Klimt Austria, —and Theodore Ralli Greece, — The influence grew into the twentieth century, particularly through the interest and work of Henri Matisse.
The interest in Byzantine art has continued to grow and the field today includes scholars, best exemplified by the work of Hans Belting on the history of the Image, interested in a multitude of aspects of this classic tradition that had its roots in Rome and Egypt.
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Hans Belting is a German art historian and likeneess of medieval and Renaissance art, as well as contemporary art and image theory. He was born in Andernach, Germany, and studied at the universities of Mainz and Rome, and took his doctorate in art history at the University of Mainz.
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