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Schauspiele des Halbversteckten

Eine Bildgeschichte des gemalten Vorhangs

Claudia Blümle

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Ad vivum?

Visual Materials and the Vocabulary of Life-Likeness in Europe before 1800


Edited by Thomas Balfe, Joanna Woodall and Claus Zittel

The term ad vivum and its cognates al vivo, au vif, nach dem Leben and naer het leven have been applied since the thirteenth century to depictions designated as from, to or after (the) life. This book explores the issues raised by this vocabulary and related terminology with reference to visual materials produced and used in Europe before 1800, including portraiture, botanical, zoological, medical and topographical images, images of novel and newly discovered phenomena, and likenesses created through direct contact with the object being depicted. The designation ad vivum was not restricted to depictions made directly after the living model, and was often used to advertise the claim of an image to be a faithful likeness or a bearer of reliable information. Viewed as an assertion of accuracy or truth, ad vivum raises a number of fundamental questions in the area of early modern epistemology – questions about the value and prestige of visual and/or physical contiguity between image and original, about the kinds of information which were thought important and dependably transmissible in material form, and about the roles of the artist in that transmission. The recent interest of historians of early modern art in how value and meaning are produced and reproduced by visual materials which do not conform to the definition of art as unique invention, and of historians of science and of art in the visualisation of knowledge, has placed the questions surrounding ad vivum at the centre of their common concerns. Contributors include: José Beltrán, Carla Benzan, Eleanor Chan, Robert Felfe, Mechthild Fend, Sachiko Kusukawa, Pieter Martens, Richard Mulholland, Noa Turel, and Daan Van Heesch
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Tawfiq Daʿadli

In Esoteric Images: Decoding the Late Herat School of Painting Tawfiq Daʿadli decodes the pictorial languagewhich flourished in the city of Herat, modern Afghanistan, under the rule of the last Timurid ruler, Sultan Husayn Bayqara (r.1469-1506). This study focuses on one illustrated manuscript of a poem entitled Khamsa by the Persian poet Nizami Ganjavi, kept in the British Library under code Or.6810. Tawfiq Daʿadli decodes the paintings, reveals the syntax behind them and thus deciphers the message of the whole manuscript. The book combines scholarly efforts to interpret theological-political lessons embedded in one of the foremost Persian schools of art against the background of the court dynamic of an influential medieval power in its final years.
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From Mythos to Logos

Andrea Palladio, Freemasonry, and the Triumph of Minerva


Edited by Michael Trevor Coughlin

In his new book From Mythos to Logos : Andrea Palladio, Freemasonry and the Triumph of Minerva, Michael Trevor Coughlin provides an interpretive lens to explore how myth was used to encode sixteenth-century, Italian works of architecture and their frescoed interiors with Logos – providing powerful insights that promote a way of being in a world in which peace and freedom are the greatest hallmarks of society. Leaning heavily on the intersection between myth and philosophy, Coughlin convincingly argues Freemasonry began in the Italian city of Vicenza in 1546, offering fresh insight into the origin of Freemasonry, one of the most powerful and longstanding organizations in the world – one in the midst of a popularity and membership boom that is unprecedented.
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Edited by Jennifer Saltzstein

In Musical Culture in the World of Adam de la Halle, contributors from musicology, literary studies, history, and art history provide an account of the works of 13th-century composer Adam de la Halle, one of the first named authors of medieval vernacular music for whom a complete works manuscript survives. The essays illuminate Adam’s generic transformations in polyphony, drama, debate poetry, and other genres, while also emphasizing his place in a large community of trouvères active in the bustling urban environment of Arras. Exploring issues of authorship and authority, tradition and innovation, the material contexts of his works, and his influence on later generations, this book provides the most complete and up-to-date picture available in English of Adam’s œuvre.
Contributors are Alain Corbellari, Mark Everist, Anna Kathryn Grau, John Haines, Anne Ibos-Augé, Daniel E. O’Sullivan, Judith A. Peraino, Isabelle Ragnard, Jennifer Saltzstein, Alison Stones, Carol Symes, and Eliza Zingesser.
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Investigations in Medieval Stained Glass

Materials, Methods, and Expressions

Edited by Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz and Elizabeth Pastan

With many excellent books on medieval stained glass available, the reader of this anthology may well ask: “what is the contribution of this collection?” In this book, we have chosen to step away from national, chronological, and regional models. Instead, we started with scholars doing interesting work in stained glass, and called upon colleagues to contribute studies that represent the diversity of approaches to the medium, as well as up-to-date bibliographies for work in the field.

Contributors are: Wojciech Balus, Karine Boulanger, Sarah Brown, Elizabeth Carson Pastan, Madeline H. Caviness, Michael W. Cothren, Francesca Dell’Acqua, Uwe Gast, Françoise Gatouillat, Anne Granboulan, Anne F. Harris, Christine Hediger, Michel Hérold, Timothy B. Husband, Alyce A. Jordan, Herbert L. Kessler, David King, Brigitte Kurmann-Schwarz, Claudine Lautier, Ashley J. Laverock, Meredith P. Lillich, Isabelle Pallot-Frossard, Hartmut Scholz, Mary B. Shepard, Ellen M. Shortell, Nancy M. Thompson.
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Bild, Blick, Berührung

Optische und taktile Wahrnehmung in den Künsten

Edited by Steffen Haug, Thomas Helbig and Tina Zürn

Digitale Kulturtechniken beeinflussen das Verhältnis von Bild, Blick und Berührung grundlegend. Der Band ist der Frage gewidmet, wie sich unsere visuelle und taktile Wahrnehmung historisch herausgebildet hat und aktuell verändert.
Welche Auswirkungen hat das Berührungsgebot von Tastbildschirmen auf die Kunstrezeption? Wandelt sich aufgrund der neuen Vorrangstellung der Hand etwas an unserem Tast-Verlangen gegenüber den Werken der Kunst? Oder befriedigen wir diese Lust im Umgang mit den Alltagsbildern, die mit einer Wischbewegung hervorgezaubert und wieder zum Verschwinden gebracht werden? Mit welchen Werken antworten Künstlerinnen und Künstler auf den Dualismus von Sehen und Tasten? Einerseits geht es um eine Standort-Bestimmung der Gegenwart. Von ebenso großer Bedeutung ist die Wahrnehmungsgeschichte optisch-taktiler Erkenntnisprozesse. Das digitale Zeitalter wird sich in diese Geschichte einreihen und sie zugleich verändern.
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Pedro Berruguete und das Altarbild in Spanien um 1500

Zur Ästhetik und Semantik transkultureller Aneignungsprozesse

Sven Jakstat

Das Buch liefert neue Perspektiven auf Schlüsselwerke der spanischen Kunst der Frühen Neuzeit und analysiert diese unter der Prämisse transkultureller Aneignungsprozesse.
Pedro Berruguete gilt als der erste Renaissancemaler Kastiliens. Nach einem Aufenthalt am Hof des Herzogs von Urbino schafft er in Spanien überwiegend Gemälde, die in riesige Altarretabel integriert werden. Diese Bildwände unterscheiden sich aufgrund ihrer Monumentalität und ihrer ausdifferenzierten Bildstruktur fundamental von Altarbildern in anderen Regionen Europas. Um die vielfältigen Dimensionen transkultureller Aneignungsprozesse erfassen zu können, werden die Altarretabel erstmals auf das Zusammenwirken von Form und Inhalt hin untersucht.

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Edited by Carsten Jahnke

A Companion to Medieval Lübeck offers an introduction to recent scholarship on the vibrant and source-rich medieval history of Lübeck. Focusing mainly on the twelfth to fifteenth centuries, the volume positions the city of Lübeck within the broader history of Northern Germany and the Baltic Sea area. Thematic contributions highlight the archaeological and architectonical development of a northern town, religious developments, buildings and art in a Hanseatic city, and its social institutions. This volume is the first English-language overview of the history of Lübeck and a corrective to the traditional narratives of German historiography. The volume thus offers a fresh perspective on the history of medieval Lübeck—as well as a handy introduction to the riches of the Lübeck archives—to undergraduates, graduate students, and scholars in related fields.

Contributors are Manfred Finke, Hartmut Freytag, Antjekathrin Graßmann, Angela Huang, Carsten Jahnke, Ursula Radis, Anja Rasche, Dirk Rieger, Harm von Seggern and Ulf Stammwitz.
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Ingrid Falque

In Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Experience Ingrid Falque analyses the meditative functions of early Netherlandish paintings including devotional portraits, that is portraits of people kneeling in prayer. Such paintings have been mainly studied in the context of commemorative and social practices, but as Ingrid Falque shows, they also served as devotional instruments.

By drawing parallels between the visual strategies of these paintings and texts of the major spiritual writers of the medieval Low Countries, she demonstrates that paintings with devotional portraits functioned as a visualisation of the spiritual process of the sitters. The books is accompanied by the first exhaustive catalogue of paintings with devotional portraits produced in the Low Countries between c. 1400 and 1550 (in a e-format).