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Gold, Licht und das Potenzial des Mosaiks

Schellewald, Barbara. (2016) Gold, Licht und das Potenzial des Mosaiks. Zeitschrift für Kunstgeschichte, 79 (4). pp. 461-480.

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Abstract

The article focuses on the complex interaction between gold and light in the very specific medium of mosaic in Late Antiquity and Byzantium. Studying the metaphoric qualities of light/gold and its qualitative distinctions in early Christian and Byzantine sources leads us to an understanding of the complex function of gold or golden tesserae in script and images. As gold is understood as light, mosaic seems to be a more or less perfect medium as it is not stable, but dependent on the changing light. The gold ground is transformed in every moment by light. Mosaic can thus be understood as the medium with the greatest capacity to bridge virtually the gap between the visible and the invisible divine light.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Kunstgeschichte > Ältere Kunstgeschichte (Schellewald)
UniBasel Contributors:Schellewald, Barbara
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Deutscher Kunstverlag
ISSN:0044-2992
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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Last Modified:30 Oct 2018 14:06
Deposited On:30 Oct 2018 14:06

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