Art & Religion

 
ART & RELIGION (LEUVEN: PEETERS)

 

The series Art & Religion is founded in 2011 by the Iconology Research Group (www.iconologyresearchgroup.org). Editor in chief is Barbara Baert (Leuven). The series welcomes monographs and themes in the interdisciplinary field between Christian iconography and religion of the Middle Ages and Early Modernity. Art & Religion focuses on how iconology as a field and method relates to recent developments in the Humanities. Beyond methodological reflection, Art & Religion singles out the production and technologies of pictures (i), the significance and agency of images (ii), and the transfer and migration of motifs (iii) in Christian visual and material culture. Art & Religion is a peer-reviewed series.

The editor’s board consists of Claudia Benthien (Hamburg), Ralph Dekoninck (Louvain- la-Neuve), James Elkins (Chicago), Jeffrey Hamburger (Cambridge, MA), Bianca Kuehnel (Jerusalem), Ann-Sophie Lehmann (Utrecht), John Lowden (London),  Anneke Smelik (Nijmegen), Victor Stoichita (Fribourg), Jeroen Stumpel (Utrecht), Paul Vandenbroeck (Leuven), Jan Van der Stock (Leuven), Gerhard Wolf (Florence).  Advisory editors are Reimund Bieringer (Leuven), Ralph Dekoninck (Louvain-la-Neuve), Ivan Gerát (Bratislava), Victor Schmidt (Groningen), Hedwig Schwall (Leuven), György Endre Szönyi (Budapest) and Marina Vicelja (Rijeka).

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Vol. 5: Barbara Baert (author)

Pneuma and the Visual Medium in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity. Essays on Wind, Ruach, Incarnation, Odour, Stains, Movement, Kairós, Web and Silence  (2016)

The focus of these essays is the impact of wind, pneuma, and movement in medieval and early modern iconography on art historical hermeneutics. What can wind, pneuma, and movement tell us about the visual medium as such? Wind joins, flows, links, changes direction - in short, the wind is capricious. In its capriciousness wind embodies a particular hermeneutics of association, of freedom and the unexpected. Is an iconography of this caprice possible? How does one capture in pictorial form a natural phenomenon that envelops and penetrates us, even escapes from our own bodies? The dynamics of wind are after all only indirectly visible: swaying trees, waving grass, fluttering textile. How has wind impregnated the theory of the image? Is it a question of visual pneuma? And is wind in the arts a question of content, or rather a matter of formal affect?

ISBN: 978-90-429-3250-0

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Vol. 4: Adrien Paschoud and Barbara Selmeci Castioni (editors)

Exprimer la vision spirituelle (XIVe-XVIIe siècles)  (forthcoming, 2015)

Entre rêves et manifestations surnaturelles, comment et pourquoi dire l'irruption du sacré dans le quotidien, à la croisée du Moyen Âge et de la première Modernité ? Comment et pourquoi exprimer la vision du divin à une époque marquée par un remarquable renouveau tant spirituel que mystique, de la devotio moderna au quiétisme, mais travaillée également par l'essor des sciences optiques, les progrès du scepticisme ou le renouvellement des sciences médicales s'agissant des pathologies de l'esprit ? Le présent volume réunit en ce sens des contributions d'historiens de la littérature et de l'art qui explorent les multiples expressions littéraires et picturales de la vision – entendue comme perception sensible d'une manifestation du divin – entre le XIVe et le XVIIe siècle.

ISBN: 978-90-429-3226-5

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Vol. 3: Emma Sidgwick (author)

From Flow to Face. The Haemorrhoissa Motif (Mark 5:24b-34parr) between Anthropological Origin and Image Paradigm (2015)

The synoptic Gospels record a remarkable story about an anonymous woman – the ‘Haemorrhoissa’ in further tradition – suffering from incessant uterine bleeding who, without Jesus’ intention or knowledge, was healed by his power (Mark 5:24b-34parr). The Haemorrhoissa motif had an important place in early Christianity, and from its earliest manifestation as synoptic narrative it developed into a multifarious motif embedded in a variety of contexts. One of its most remarkable developments was its transformation into the Veronica motif, the roots of which thus lie in early Christianity. This historical-anthropological investigation of the early Christian Haemorrhoissa motif hence is driven by two primary research questions. The first: why was the early Christian Haemorrhoissa motif so richly represented and did it develop so multifariously? The second: what did the early Christian constellation of the Haemorrhoissa motif contribute to the genesis of the vera icon and its constitution as image paradigm and, intrinsically linked to this, as anthropological paradigm?

ISBN: 978-90-429-3142-8

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Vol. 2: Barbara Baert (editor)

The Woman with the Blood Flow (Mark 5:24-34). Narrative, Iconic, and Anthropological Spaces (2013)

This publication starts from a particular passage in the New Testament that tells the story of a “woman with an issue of blood.” The gospel relates how the so-called Haemorrhoissa is healed the very moment she touches Christ's garment. This publication forms the first - and so far the only – interdisciplinary study of this particular biblical motif from an exegetical, art-historical and anthropological point of view.

Contributing scholars interpret the impact of this biblical miracle on Christian texts, material culture and healing archetypes in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity. The story and its Nachleben in literary commentaries and various iconographies unveil a particular energy in Christendom related to ideas about the female body, the role of textile, and the magical impact of touch.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-2964-7

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Vol. 1: Ralph Dekoninck, Agnès Guiderdoni and Émilie Granjon (editors)

Fiction Sacrée. Spiritualité et esthétique durant le premier âge moderne (2013)
 
Le présent volume explore les échanges entre esthétique et spiritualité au premier âge moderne. Alors qu’on a eu tendance à étudier ces deux champs indépendamment ou à les penser dans leur succession chronologique (l’ère de l’image/l’ère de l’art), comme dans leur opposition structurelle et idéologique (discours laïc/discours religieux), il s’agit ici d’envisager leur dialogue et leur confrontation à travers différents lieux, parmi lesquels la littérature artistique, la littérature spirituelle, la littérature ekphrastique, l’emblématique, la poétique, la rhétorique...

En portant l’attention sur le rôle de l’inspiration, de la contemplation, de l’imitation, du prodige, du langage, de l’imagination, de l’entendement..., sont mises ainsi en évidence les modalités selon lesquelles les arts et la littérature ont pu s’approprier certains éléments du discours théologique relatif à la représentation, et comment, en retour, la littérature spirituelle a pu reconnaître et exploiter sa dimension esthétique en empruntant à la théorie littéraire et artistique.

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ISBN: 978-90-429-2732-2