Medieval Image-Concepts and the Meaning of Visual Programs [Hardback]

Beat Brenk (Author)

ISBN: 9781899828739 | Published by: Pindar Press | Year of Publication: 2022 | Language: English 560p, 272 illus.
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Medieval Image-Concepts and the Meaning of Visual Programs


This volume presents a selection of 25 studies which are grouped into a number of topics on late-Antique and medieval art. The art of the Middle Ages is treated not as a succession of styles, but is analysed as an unstable value system, which seeks to prove its own legitimacy by claims and ideologies. Although works of art are not legal documents, they evoke frequently a religious or political self-conception. The author shows how the medieval artist brought into the world new creations under constant pressure, which he expresses with the resort to established models. In successive chapters the rhetoric of the demands made by Popes, bishops, Abbots, priests, monks, kings, dukes, counts, aristocrats, buyers and municipalities is examined. What rhetorical models were at the disposal of the medieval artist, if he was concerned to articulate the needs and requirements of his clients? The analysis of the Carolingian, Norman-Sicilian and Capetian picture programs shows that not only the program, but also the artistic form and style, was used conceptually.

This is the second volume of Professor Brenk's studies on late-Antique and medieval art. As in the earlier volume, a considerable number of studies previously published in German and Italian are presented here in English translation.

Table of Contents


Antiquity on Demand: The Arts of the Mediterranean during the 7th and 8th centuries and No End of Antiquity

Understanding of Antiquity and Legal Thinking in the Sculptural Program of Frederick II at Capua

Innovation: Originality and Innovation in Medieval Art

Papal Ideology in the Early Middle Ages: Papal Patronage in a Greek Church in Rome

On the Pictorial Program of the Zeno Chapel in Rome

Carolingian Pretentions: Authentication –Requirement–Innovation. On the Imperial Art of the Carolingians

Written and Pictorial Art in the Court School of Charlemagne

Montecassino: Rome and Montecassino: The Frescoes of the Lower Church of S. Crisogono

The Historical Significance of the Lectionary of Desiderius Vat. Lat. 1202

Episcopal and Monastic ‘committenza’ in South Italy from the Example of the Exultet Rolls

Art and Ideology in Norman Sicily: The Symbology of Power

The Design Concept in the Royal Buildings of the Norman Period in Sicily. The Architecture and Mosaics of Monreale

The West Wall of the Cappella Palatina

On the Meaning of the Mosaic on the West Wall of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo

On the Program of the Capitals in the Cloister of Monreale

Capetian Pretentions: The Pictorial Program and the Historical Understanding of the Capetians at Chartres Cathedral

The Concepteur and his Addressee, or: On Veiling the Message

The Sainte Chapelle as a Political Program

Doors as Spolia: Nova construere, sed amplius vetusta servare; Patronage: The Commissioner of Ariberto

Commissioning: the Problems

Text, Sense, Rhetoric and Requirement in Simone Martini

Liturgy, Cult and Art: Who sits on the Loft?

Pilgrimage Churches and the Concept of Pretension

Medieval Saints’ Lives and the Liturgical Context: Sense, Rhetoric and Requirement

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