Clothing sacred scriptures. book art and book religion in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures

Schellewald, Barbara and Ganz, David, eds. (2019) Clothing sacred scriptures. book art and book religion in Christian, Islamic, and Jewish cultures. Manuscripta Biblica, 2. Berlin.

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According to a longstanding interpretation, book religions are agents of textuality and logocentrism. This volume inverts the traditional perspective: its focus is on the strong dependency between scripture and aesthetics, holy books and material artworks, sacred texts and ritual performances. The contributions, written by a group of international specialists in Western, Byzantine, Islamic and Jewish Art, are committed to a comparative and transcultural approach. The authors reflect upon the different strategies of »clothing« sacred texts with precious materials and elaborate forms. They show how the pretypographic cultures of the Middle Ages used book ornaments as media for building a close relation between the divine words and their human audience. By exploring how art shapes the religious practice of books, and how the religious use of books shapes the evolution of artistic practices this book contributes to a new understanding of the deep nexus between sacred scripture and art.
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:Book
Book Subtype:Edited Book
Publisher:De Gruyter
Number of Pages:321
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Edited book
Last Modified:21 Oct 2019 11:25
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