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The Architecture of the Christian Holy Land

The Architecture of the Christian Holy Land
Reception from Late Antiquity through the Renaissance

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  • Date Published: April 2017
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107139084

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  • In the absence of the bodies of Christ and Mary, architecture took on a special representational role during the Christian Middle Ages, marking out sites associated with the bodily presence of the dominant figures of the religion. Throughout this period, buildings were reinterpreted in relation to the mediating role of textual and pictorial representations that shaped the pilgrimage experience across expansive geographies. In this study, Kathryn Blair Moore challenges fundamental ideas within architectural history regarding the origins and significance of European recreations of buildings in Jerusalem, Bethlehem, and Nazareth. From these conceptual foundations, she traces and re-interprets the significance of the architecture of the Holy Land within changing religious and political contexts, from the First Crusade and the emergence of the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land to the anti-Islamic crusade movements of the Renaissance, as well as the Reformation.

    • Proposes a new geographical scope for the origins and development of European architectural history, a new conceptualization of symbolism in Christian architecture, and a new theory of the relationship between books and buildings in the context of pilgrimage to the Christian Holy Land
    • Situates the creation and reception of European architecture in the context of antagonism between Christianity and Islam
    • Explores the mediated nature of architectural experience in the context of pilgrimage
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    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107139084
    • length: 436 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 223 x 30 mm
    • weight: 1.73kg
    • contains: 223 b/w illus. 22 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Preface
    Abbreviations
    List of illustrations
    Introduction
    Part I. The Symbolization of Holy Land Architecture:
    1. Fragmentary inscriptions and material presence
    2. Rome and Constantinople
    3. Architectural inscriptions in Adomnán's De Locis Sanctis
    4. Recreations of the Holy Sepulcher and Benedictine monasticism
    Part II. Triumphal Restoration and Recreation in the Crusades:
    5. The Crusader conquest and triumphal recreation
    6. The restoration of the Temple of Solomon
    7. Recreating the city of Jerusalem
    8. True portraits/true Jerusalems
    Part III. The Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land:
    9. Formation of the Franciscan Custody
    10. Assisi as a New Jerusalem
    11. Franciscan books on the Holy Land pilgrimage
    12. Signs of Christianity and Islam
    Part IV. Imagined Pilgrimages and Crusades in the Renaissance:
    13. The ephemeral architecture of Philip the Good's crusading ambitions
    14. The conspicuous nobility of dedication to Holy Land architecture
    15. The Franciscan Order, papacy, and symbolic possession of the Holy Land
    16. Protestant Reformation, Ottoman conquest, and Catholic renewal after 1517
    Epilogue
    Bibliography
    Notes.

  • Author

    Kathryn Blair Moore, Texas State University, San Marcos
    Kathryn Blair Moore teaches medieval and Renaissance art history at Texas State University, San Marcos. She received her art historical training at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the American Academy in Rome, and the University of Hong Kong (where she previously taught) have supported extensive research throughout Europe, Western Asia, and North Africa. Her scholarly work explores the intersection of architectural, pictorial, and textual cultures, with a particular emphasis upon larger religious and political contexts, from pilgrimage to religious wars, that shaped the experience of buildings across Europe and the Mediterranean world.

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