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The Living Icon in Byzantium and Italy
The Vita Image, Eleventh to Thirteenth Centuries

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  • Date Published: March 2014
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107034969

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  • The Living Icon in Byzantium and Italy is the first book to explore the emergence and function of a novel pictorial format in the Middle Ages, the vita icon, which displayed the magnified portrait of a saint framed by scenes from his or her life. The vita icon was used for depicting the most popular figures in the Orthodox calendar and, in the Latin West, was deployed most vigorously in the service of Francis of Assisi. This book offers a compelling account of how this type of image embodied and challenged the prevailing structures of vision, representation, and sanctity in Byzantium and among the Franciscans in Italy between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries. Through the lens of this format, Paroma Chatterjee uncovers the complexities of the philosophical and theological issues that had long engaged both the medieval East and West, such as the fraught relations between words and images, relics and icons, a representation and its subject, and the very nature of holy presence.

    • This is the first book on the vita image and its importance in Byzantium and Italy
    • Revises established ideas concerning both the Byzantine and the Franciscan aesthetic
    • Draws on an array of images and texts (hagiographies, sermons, legal tenets, conciliar edicts) and explores more broadly how the saint was represented in the medieval era
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    "Paroma Chatterjee's book presents a precise and intelligent study of the vita icons of saints produced in Italy and in Byzantium. Her readings of these distinctive works are informed by current discussions in the literature and by broader theoretical concerns. As such, this is a book that builds a scrupulous and articulate case for a fluid and dynamic understanding of the icon."
    Charles Barber, Princeton University

    "… a thoughtful, nuanced, theoretically sophisticated, and provocative study that will challenge the reader."
    Anne Derbes, Hood College

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    Product details

    • Date Published: March 2014
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107034969
    • length: 297 pages
    • dimensions: 262 x 188 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.82kg
    • contains: 34 b/w illus. 16 colour illus.
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: the metaphor of the 'living icon'
    1. The saint in the text
    2. The saint in the image
    3. 'Wrought by the finger of God'
    4. Depicting Francis' secret
    Epilogue: Francis in Constantinople.

  • Author

    Paroma Chatterjee, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Paroma Chatterjee is Assistant Professor of the History of Art at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Her research has been supported by a Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship, a Samuel H. Kress Travel Fellowship, a Mellon dissertation writing fellowship, a Penn Humanities Forum postdoctoral fellowship, and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America. Her work has appeared in, or is forthcoming from, the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Art History, Word and Image, Dumbarton Oaks Papers, the Oxford Art Journal and RES: The Journal of Anthropology and Aesthetics.

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