Behind the Image: Understanding the Old Testament in Medieval Art

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Scenes and characters from the Old Testament appear frequently in Western medieval art, yet the study of their significance is a neglected area of iconography. A common literature for both Jews and Christians, the Hebrew Scriptures had an especially broad appeal for the Church of the Middle Ages. Many sections of medieval society identified with the Hebrews of the Old Testament and sought from them direct models for leadership, moral behaviour and even art itself. Most of the imagery in medieval art derived from close study ...

Behind the Image: Understanding the Old Testament in Medieval Art 2013, Peter Lang AG, Internationaler Verlag der Wissenschaften, Pieterlen

ISBN-13: 9783034309936

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