Art And Text In Byzantine Culture by Liz JamesArt And Text In Byzantine Culture by Liz James

Art And Text In Byzantine Culture

EditorLiz James

Hardcover | June 11, 2007

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Art and Text in Byzantine Culture explores the relationship between images and words, and examines the different types of interactions between pictures and texts in Byzantine art. Byzantium is the only major world power to have experienced political upheaval on a vast scale as a result of an argument about art. Consequently, the dynamic between art and text in Byzantium is essential to understanding Byzantine art and culture. It allows us to explore the close linking of image and word in a society where the correct relationship between the two was critical to the well-being of the state. Composed of specially-commissioned essays written by an international team of scholars, this volume analyzes how the Byzantines wrote about art, how images and text work together in Byzantine art, and how the words written on Byzantine artworks contribute to their meaning.
Liz James is Reader in Art History at the University of Sussex and Associate Director of the AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History. She is the author of Empresses and Power in Early Byzantium.
Title:Art And Text In Byzantine CultureFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.96 × 6.97 × 0.79 inPublished:June 11, 2007Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521834090

ISBN - 13:9780521834094


Table of Contents

Introduction: art and text in Byzantium Liz James; 1. Accomplishing the picture: ekphrasis, mimesis, and martyrdom in Asterios of Amaseia Ruth Webb; 2. The rhetoric of buildings in the De Aedificiis of Procopius Jas Elsner; 3. Every cliché in the book: the linguistic turn and the text-image discourse in Byzantine manuscripts Leslie Brubaker; 4. In the presence of the text: a note on writing, speaking and performing in the Theodore Psalter Charles Barber; 5. Image and inscription: pleas for salvation in spaces of devotion Robert S. Nelson; 6. Epigrams on icons Bissera V. Pentcheva; 7. Eufrasius and friends: on names and their absence in Byzantine art Henry Maguire; 8. Echoes of orality in the monumental inscriptions of Byzantium Amy Papalexandrou; 9. 'And shall these mute stones speak?': words as art Liz James.

Editorial Reviews

"The book under discussion here is beautifully produced, well edited, and a pleasure to read. The nine essays it contains are of high quality, accompanied by copious notes placed at the end of each essay. There are also color illustrations, an appendix of Greek texts, a selected bibliography, and an index. It is a work aimed at a readership of specialists and advanced students of the byzantine Empire. Having said this, however, one needs to add that a general public too would find it rewarding reading." Franziska E. Schlosser, Bryn Mawr Classical Review