Interruptions & Transitions: Essays on the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture is an anthology of the most recent works by Barbara Baert, discussing how the connection between the experiences of the senses in the medieval and early modern visual culture, the hermeneutics of imagery, and the reflection on the limits and possibilities of the Art Sciences in the 21st century became much more prominent.

The six chapters discuss the most fundamental themes in the Christian iconography and their depiction of spirituality and the sensorium: Pentecost, the Noli me tangere motif, the miracle of the bleeding woman and Mary Magdalene, the death of John the Baptist, the dancing Salome, and finally the role of the wind, movement, and the Holy Ghost in, amongst other things, the mystery of the Annunciation.

The reader is shown a medieval and early modern visual culture as a history of artistic solutions in the broader sense of the meaning, and thus as the fascinating approach between biblical texts, the plastic imagination, and the art-scientific métier. This makes the reader a privileged guest in a unique in-between space: there where humans and their artistic expression can meet existentially.

 

Barbara Baert, Interruptions & Transitions. Essays on the Senses in Medieval and early Modern Visual Culture, (Art and Material Culture in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, 14), Leiden (Brill), 2018.

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