The Celebration of the Saints in Byzantine Art and Liturgy
The studies in this volume all deal with images and texts that relate to the veneration of the saints in Byzantium after the 9th century. Some papers are devoted to the church calendar and the annual commemorations of hundreds of saints through liturgical poetry and sequences of isolated images in fresco, icon painting and illuminated manuscripts. Others are concerned with the longer and rarer, narrative cycles devoted to the life of a single saint, cycles found mainly in fresco and on the so-called vita icons that first appear in the East in the late 12th century. Additional studies deal with the developing role of icons in liturgical ceremonies, and with images of a saint being approached by a supplicant or patron. A final section is devoted to places made holy by the saints, and to their holy relics.
'... here are some papers that would otherwise prove difficult in tracking down and students of Byzantine art and liturgy will be indebted to Ashgate for bringing them together in a volume that does credit to its author. Behind the papers collected in this volume lies Å evÄenko’s ongoing fascination with the mutual influences of art and liturgy, especially liturgical performance...' Heythrop Journal