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Perceptions of the Body and Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and Byzantium.

Author: Jelena Bogdanovic
Publisher: London : Taylor and Francis, 2018.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Perceptions of the Body and Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and Byzantium seeks to reveal Christian understanding of the body and sacred space in the medieval Mediterranean. Case studies examine encounters with the holy through the perspective of the human body and sensory dimensions of sacred space, and discuss the dynamics of perception when experiencing what was constructed, represented, and understood as sacred.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jelena Bogdanovic
ISBN: 9780203711170 0203711173
OCLC Number: 1019659697
Description: 1 online resource : text file, PDF
Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of figures; List of contributors; Acknowledgments; List of abbreviations; Introduction: encounters with the holy; Part I The immaterial and placeless sacred; 1 Images of invisible beauty in the aesthetic cosmology of Dionysius the Areopagite; Part II The sacred made palpable; 2 Monumental icons and their bodies in early Christian Rome and Byzantium; 3 Imperial bodies and sacred space? Imperial family images between monumental decoration and space definition in Late Antiquity and Byzantium 4 The influence of icons on the perception of living holy personsPart III The sacred delivered; 5 Delivering the sacred: Representing Translatio on the Trier Ivory; 6 Bodies in motion: Visualizing Trinitarian space in the Albenga baptistery; 7 A mobile dialogue of an immobile saint: St. Symeon the Younger, Divine Liturgy, and the architectural setting; 8 Framing glorious spaces in the monastery of Hosios Loukas; 9 Conclusions: Iconic perception and noetic contemplation of the sacred; Bibliography; Index

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"Perceptions of the Body and Sacred Space in Late Antiquity and Byzantium seeks to reveal Christian understanding of the body and sacred space in the medieval Mediterranean. Case studies examine encounters with the holy through the perspective of the human body and sensory dimensions of sacred space, and discuss the dynamics of perception when experiencing what was constructed, represented, and understood as sacred. The comparative analysis investigates viewers' recognitions of the sacred in specific locations or segments of space with an emphasis on the experiential and conceptual relationships between sacred spaces and human bodies. This volume thus reassesses the empowering aspects of space, time, and human agency in religious contexts. By focusing on investigations of human endeavors towards experiential and visual expressions that shape perceptions of holiness, this study ultimately aims to present a better understanding of the corporeality of sacred art and architecture. The research?points to how early Christians and Byzantines teleologically viewed the divine source of the sacred in terms of its ability to bring together - but never fully dissolve - the distinctions between the human and divine realms. The revealed mechanisms of?iconic perception and noetic contemplation?have the potential to shape knowledge of the meanings of the sacred as well as to improve our understanding of the liminality of the profane and the sacred."--Provided by publisher.

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