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The Eloquence of Art

Essays in Honour of Henry Maguire, 1st Edition

Edited by Andrea Olsen Lam, Rossitza Schroeder


472 pages

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For those within the fields of art history and Byzantine studies, Professor Henry Maguire needs no introduction. His publications transformed the way art historians approach medieval art through his insightful integration of rhetoric, poetry and non-canonical objects into the study of Byzantine art. His ground-breaking studies of Byzantine art that consider the natural world, magic, and imperial imagery, among other themes, have re-defined the ways medieval art is interpreted. From notable monuments to small-scale and privately-used objects, Maguire’s work has guided a generation of scholars to new conclusions about the place of art and its function in Byzantium. In this volume, twenty-three of Henry Maguire’s colleagues and friends have contributed papers in his honour, resulting in studies that reflect the broad range of his scholarly interests.

Table of Contents


1. Picturing Thessaloniki Charalambos Bakirtzis

2. An icon of John the Baptist Sarah Bassett

3. Internationalizing Russia’s Byzantine heritage: Medieval enamels and chromolithographic geopolitics Elena N. Boeck

4. Gender and gesture Leslie Brubaker

5. The portrait of a lady Annemarie Weyl Carr

6. The perils of Polyeuktos: On the manifestations of a martyr in Byzantine art, cult and literature Anthony Cutler

7. Hanging by a thread: The death of Judas in early Christian art Felicity Harley

8. Claiming the Cross: Reconsidering the Stavelot triptych Lynn Jones

9. The making of an icon: ‘Christ of the Miracle of the Latomou’ Andrea Olsen Lam

10. Firm flowers in the artifice of transience Eunice Dauterman Maguire

11. Art and efficacy in an icon of St. George Lisa Mahoney

12. Contexts for the Christos Paschon Margaret Mullett

13. The calendar of saints in Hodegon lectionaries Robert S. Nelson

14. Multiple phase churches in Cappadocia Robert Ousterhout

15. Visions of the Passion imagined through the agency of voice and icon Bissera Pentcheva

16. The season of salvation: Images and texts at Li Monaci in Apulia Linda Safran

17. King David narratives, messianic politics and the Dura-Europos synagogue Kära L. Schenk

18. From a conqueror to a legitimate heir: The Byzantine princely family, Gentile Bellini and Mehmed II Fatih Rossitza Schroeder

19. The giraffe that came to Constantinople Nancy Ševčenko

20. The many-eyed archangels in early Byzantine art Brooke Shilling

21. Absence of Nomina Sacra in post-iconoclastic images of Christ and the Virgin: Mosaics of Hagia Sophia, Constantinople Natalia Teteriatnikov

22. Integrated yet segregated: Eastern Islamic art in twelfth-century Byzantium Alicia Walker

23. The Mother of God in the earthly paradise Warren T. Woodfin

About the Editors

Andrea Olsen Lam teaches art history for Pepperdine University’s campus in Washington, D.C. Her current project on the Visitation demonstrates the heretofore overlooked significance of the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy in Byzantine art and ritual. Her other research interests include early medieval art that reflects Jewish-Christian-Muslim interactions and the history of iconoclasms.

Rossitza Schroeder is an associate professor of art history at St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary in Yonkers, NY. Her primary field of research is Byzantine art. Her current project sheds light on the interactions between Byzantine monastic practice and visual representations. She is also writing on Byzantine-Ottoman-Venetian relations as manifested in Gentile Bellini’s 1480 portrait of sultan Mehmed II.

About the Series

Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies

Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies is devoted to the history, culture and archaeology of the Byzantine and Ottoman worlds of the East Mediterranean region from the fifth to the twentieth century. It provides a forum for the publication of research completed by scholars from the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, UK, and those with similar research interests from around the world.

For further information about the series please contact Michael Greenwood at [email protected]


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