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Routledge Research in Art and Religion


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Routledge Research in Art and Religion is a new series focusing on religion and spirituality as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Late Antique Portraits and Early Christian Icons The Power of the Painted Gaze

Late Antique Portraits and Early Christian Icons: The Power of the Painted Gaze

1st Edition

By Andrew Paterson
June 30, 2022

This book focuses on the earliest surviving Christian icons, dated to the sixth and seventh centuries, which bear many resemblances to three other well-established genres of ‘sacred portrait’ also produced during late antiquity, namely Roman imperial portraiture, Graeco-Egyptian funerary ...

Sculpted Thresholds and the Liturgy of Transformation in Medieval Lombardy

Sculpted Thresholds and the Liturgy of Transformation in Medieval Lombardy

1st Edition

By Gillian B. Elliott
June 24, 2022

This book explores the issue of ecclesiastical authority in Romanesque sculpture on the portals and other sculpted “gateways” of churches in the north Italian region of Lombardy. Gillian B. Elliott examines the liturgical connection between the ciborium over the altar (the most sacred threshold ...

Iconotropy and Cult Images from the Ancient to Modern World

Iconotropy and Cult Images from the Ancient to Modern World

1st Edition

Edited By Jorge Tomás García, Sandra Sáenz-López Pérez
April 07, 2022

The book examines the process of symbolic and material alteration of religious images in antiquity, the middle ages and the modern period. The process by which the form and meaning of images are modified and adapted for a new context is defined by a large number of spiritual, religious, artistic, ...

The Cults of Sainte Foy and the Cultural Work of Saints

The Cults of Sainte Foy and the Cultural Work of Saints

1st Edition

By Kathleen Ashley
June 29, 2021

Bringing together artifacts, texts, and practices within an interpretive framework that stresses the cultural work performed by saints, Kathleen Ashley presents a comparative study of the cults of the medieval Sainte Foy at a number of the sites where she was especially venerated. This book ...

Mormon Visual Culture and the American West

Mormon Visual Culture and the American West

1st Edition

By Nathan Rees
March 18, 2021

This book explores the place of art in Latter-day Saint society during the first 50 years of the Utah settlement, beginning in 1847. Nathan Rees uncovers the critical role that images played in nineteenth-century Mormon religion, politics, and social practice. These artists not only ...

Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

1st Edition

By Susan L. Green
September 30, 2020

This book is the first detailed investigation to focus on the late medieval use of Tree of Jesse imagery, traditionally a representation of the genealogical tree of Christ. In northern Europe, from the mid-fifteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, it could be found across a wide range of media. ...

The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art

The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art

1st Edition

By Katherine T. Brown
February 21, 2020

In The Legend of Veronica in Early Modern Art, Katherine T. Brown explores the lore of the apocryphal character of Veronica and the history of the “true image” relic as factors in the Franciscans’ placement of her character into the Via Crucis (Way of the Cross) as the Sixth Station, in both ...

Aesthetic Theology in the Franciscan Tradition The Senses and the Experience of God in Art

Aesthetic Theology in the Franciscan Tradition: The Senses and the Experience of God in Art

1st Edition

Edited By Xavier Seubert, Oleg Bychkov
November 08, 2019

The book investigates the aesthetic theology embedded in the Franciscan artistic tradition. The novelty of the approach is in applying concepts gleaned from Franciscan textual sources to create a deeper understanding of how art in all its sensual forms was foundational to the Franciscan milieu. ...

Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art The Transcultural Icon

Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art: The Transcultural Icon

1st Edition

By C.A. Tsakiridou
August 08, 2018

Tradition and Transformation in Christian Art approaches tradition and transculturality in religious art from an Orthodox perspective that defines tradition as a dynamic field of exchanges and synergies between iconographic types and their variants. Relying on a new ontology of iconographic types, ...

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