The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art [Hardback]

Robin Margaret Jensen (Other)

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ISBN: 9781138857223 | Published by: Routledge | Year of Publication: 2018 | Language: English 448p, 1 Line drawings, black and white; 232 Halftones, black and white; 3 Tables, black and white

The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art


The Routledge Handbook of Early Christian Art surveys a broad spectrum of Christian art produced from the late second through the sixth centuries. The first part of the book opens with a general survey of the subject and then presents fifteen essays that discuss specific media of visual art-catacomb paintings, sculpture, mosaics, gold glass, gems, reliquaries, ceramics, icons, ivories, textiles, silver, and illuminated manuscripts. Each is written by a noted expert in the field. The second part of the book takes up themes relevant to the study of early Christian art. These seven chapters consider the ritual practices in decorated spaces, the emergence of images of Christ's Passion and miracles, the functions of Christian secular portraits, the exemplary mosaics of Ravenna, the early modern history of Christian art and archaeology studies, and further reflection on this field called "early Christian art." Each of the volume's chapters includes bibliographic notes and recommendations for further reading. The result is an invaluable introduction to and appraisal of the art that developed out of the spread of Christianity through the late antique world. Undergraduate and graduate students of late classical, early Christian, and Byzantine culture, religion, or art will find it an accessible and insightful orientation to the field. Additionally, professional academics, archivists, and curators working in these areas will also find it valuable as a resource for their own research, as well as a textbook or reference work for their students.

Table of Contents

List of figures List of contributors Foreword Introduction: The Emergence and Character of Early Christian Art Robin M. Jensen Part I: Media Catacomb Painting and the Rise of Christian Iconography in Funerary Art Norbert Zimmermann Christian Sarcophagi from Rome Jutta Dresken-Weiland Early Christian Sarcophagi outside of Rome Guntram Koch Freestanding Sculpture Heidi J. Hornik Christian Wall Mosaics and the Creation of Sacred Space Sean V. Leatherbury Christian Floor Mosaics: Modes of Study and Potential Meanings Rina Talgam Gold Glass in Late Antiquity Susan Walker Engraved Gems and Amulets Jeffrey Spier Reliquaries and the Cult of Relics in Late Antiquity Erik Thuno Ceramics in the Early Christian World John J. Herrmann, Jr. and Annewies van den Hoek Panel Paintings and Early Christian Icons Katherine Marsengill Christian Ivories: Containment, Manipulation, and the Creation of Meaning Niamh Bhalla Textiles: The Emergence of a Christian Identity in Cloth Jennifer L. Ball Early Christian Silver: Sacred and Domestic Ruth Leader-Newby Early Christian Illuminated Manuscripts Dorothy Verkerk Part II: Themes Early Christian Art and Ritual Michael Peppard Picturing the Passion Felicity Harley-McGowan Miracles and Art Lee M. Jefferson "Secular" Portraits, Identity, and the Christianization of the Roman Household Mark D. Ellison The Mosaics of Ravenna Deborah Mauskopf Deliyannis Early Christian Art and Archaeology in Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century Rome Janet Huskinson "Early" "Christian" "Art" Robert Couzin Index

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