"Where your treasure is, there is your heart also: A Kesslerian view from the Soissons Gospels"

Kumler, Aden. (2021) "Where your treasure is, there is your heart also: A Kesslerian view from the Soissons Gospels". Codex Aquilarensis, 37. pp. 109-126.

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This essay revisits the Soissons Gospels' famous first painting to argue that the perspective-at once spatial and soteriological-the image offers its beholder is part of a larger attempt, deliberately pursued in opulent visible and material forms, to enact the proper ordinatio of worldly and religious values. Orienting the beholder in relation to the manuscript as a whole, the painting pictorially and imaginatively situates them within the portico of a Carolingian templum that is also a thesaurus: a sacred structure, purpose-built for the production and preservation of soteriological value. The soteriological charge of the manuscript's overt material and aesthetic richness is, I suggest, pointedly thematized in the painted pages that open Matthew's Gospel.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Künste, Medien, Philosophie > Fachbereich Kunstgeschichte > Ältere Kunstgeschichte (Kumler)
UniBasel Contributors:Kumler, Aden
Item Type:Article
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Centro de Estudios del Romanico
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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