Interruptions and Transitions: Essays on the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture


Interruptions and Transitions: Essays on the Senses in Medieval and Early Modern Visual Culture is an anthology of the most recent works by Barbara Baert, discussing the connection between the experiences of the senses in the medieval and early modern visual culture, the hermeneutics of imagery, and the limits and possibilities of contemporary Art Sciences.
The six chapters include Pentecost, Noli me tangere, the woman with an issue of blood, the Johannesschüssel, the dancing Salome, and the role of the wind.
The reader is shown a medieval and early modern visual culture as a history of artistic solutions, as the fascinating approach between biblical texts, plastic imagination, and the art-scientific métier. This makes him a privileged guest in a unique in-between space where humans and their artistic expression can meet existentially.

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Barbara Baert ( is Professor at the University of Leuven. She teaches and researches in the field of Iconology, Art Theory and Medieval Art. In 2016, Barbara Baert was awarded the prestigious Francqui Prize for her bold approach to, and pioneering work in medieval visual culture.

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First Publication

Introduction of Thresholds
1 Pentecost and the Senses: A Hermeneutical Contribution to the Visual Medium and the Sensorium in Early Medieval Manuscript Tradition
2 An Odour, a Taste, a Touch: Impossible to Describe: Noli me tangere and the Senses
3 “Who Touched Me and My Clothes?” The Healing of the Woman with the Haemorrhage in Early Medieval Visual Culture
4 The Johannesschüssel as Andachtsbild: The Gaze, the Medium, and the Senses
5 “When the Daughter Came in and Danced:” Revisiting Salome’s Dance in Medieval and Early Modern Iconology
6 Wild Is the Wind: Pathosformel and Iconology of a Quintessence

All interested in medieval and early modern art in a interdisciplinary approach contextualizing iconographies, material culture and textual sources against the background of visual anthropology, history of emotions, spirituality, and ethnology.
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