Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians by John-Paul HimkaLast Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians by John-Paul Himka

Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians

byJohn-Paul Himka

Hardcover | July 29, 2009

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Few subjects in Christianity have inspired artists as much as the last judgment. Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians examines images of the last judgment from the fifteenth century to the present in the Carpathian mountain region of Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania, as a way to consider history free from the traditional frameworks and narratives of nations. Over ten years, John-Paul Himka studied last-judgment images throughout the Carpathians and found a distinctive and transnational blending of Gothic, Byzantine, and Novgorodian art in the region.

Piecing together the story of how these images were produced and how they developed, Himka traces their origins on linden boards and their evolution on canvas and church walls. Tracing their origins with monks, he follows these images' increased popularity as they were commissioned by peasants and shepherds whose tastes so shocked bishops that they ordered the destruction of depictions of sexual themes and grotesque forms of torture. A richly illustrated and detailed account of history through a style of art, Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians will find a receptive audience with art historians, religious scholars, and slavists.

John-Paul Himka is a professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.
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Title:Last Judgment Iconography in the CarpathiansFormat:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 9.3 × 6.26 × 1.02 inPublished:July 29, 2009Publisher:University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing DivisionLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0802098096

ISBN - 13:9780802098092

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Few subjects in Christianity have inspired artists as much as the last judgment. Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians examines images of the last judgment from the fifteenth century to the present in the Carpathian mountain region of Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania, as a way to consider history free from the traditional frameworks and narratives of nations. Over ten years, John-Paul Himka studied last-judgment images throughout the Carpathians and found a distinctive and transnational blending of Gothic, Byzantine, and Novgorodian art in the region.Piecing together the story of how these images were produced and how they developed, Himka traces their origins on linden boards and their evolution on canvas and church walls. Tracing their origins with monks, he follows these images' increased popularity as they were commissioned by peasants and shepherds whose tastes so shocked bishops that they ordered the destruction of depictions of sexual themes and grotesque forms of torture. A richly illustrated and detailed account of history through a style of art, Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians will find a receptive audience with art historians, religious scholars, and slavists. 'John-Paul Himka's book is a groundbreaking study of Last Judgment representations in the late medieval and early modern icons of the Carpathian region. No previous work has collected such rich material or analyzed the development and changes of this iconography in such a detailed way. The many illustrations render the text easy to follow and will appeal to art lovers. Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians is an important exploration of a new world.' - Béla Zsolt Szakács, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University