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The Cross, the Gospels, and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age

The Cross, the Gospels, and the Work of Art in the Carolingian Age

  • Date Published: May 2019
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108428811


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  • In this book, Beatrice E. Kitzinger explores the power of representation in the Carolingian period, demonstrating how images were used to assert the value and efficacy of art works. She focuses on the cross, Christianity's central sign, which simultaneously commemorates sacred history, functions in the present, and prepares for the end of time. It is well recognized that the visual attributes of the cross were designed to communicate its theology relative to history and eschatology; Kitzinger argues that early medieval artists also developed a formal language to articulate its efficacious powers in the present day. Defined through form and text as the sign of the present, the image of the cross articulated the instrumentality of religious objects and built spaces. Whereas medieval and modern scholars have pondered the theological problems posed by representation, Kitzinger here proposes a visual argument that affirms the self-reflexive value of art works in the early medieval West. Introducing little-known sources, she re-evaluates both the image of the cross and the project of book-making in an expanded field of Carolingian painting.

    • Introduces a wealth of little-studied and rarely published material
    • Engages a prominent discussion about the value and function of images in the early medieval church
    • Pairs 'high' and 'low'-level artistic productions in a thematically unified discussion
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'Over the past decades, multiple studies have analysed early medieval representations of the Cross, but Beatrice Kitzinger's fresh approach to the subject sets this book apart from previous publications … Kitzinger's probing, thoughtful, highly original study stands as a major contribution not only to modern understanding of Carolingian crosses and illuminated gospel books, but to medieval image theory as a whole.' Celia Chazelle, The Burlington Magazine

    'This active component of the iconography is well articulated throughout Kitzinger's scholarly volume.' Eric Ramírez-Weaver, Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2019
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108428811
    • length: 322 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 185 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.98kg
    • contains: 148 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Cross and the Work of Art: Introduction: temporality, utilitas, and the signum crucis
    1. Making the multitemporal cross
    Part II. The Cross and the Gospels:
    2. Otfrid of Weissenburg's Book of the Gospels
    3. Cross-image and Gospel Book
    4. The angers gospels: sign and story
    Conclusion: the fact of manufacture.

  • Author

    Beatrice E. Kitzinger, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Beatrice E. Kitzinger is assistant professor in the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, New Jersey. Her scholarly work has been supported by the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Stanford University, where she was an Andrew Mellon postdoctoral fellow.

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