1st Edition

The Multi-Sensory Image from Antiquity to the Renaissance

Edited By Heather Hunter-Crawley, Erica O'Brien Copyright 2019
    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    206 Pages
    by Routledge

    This volume responds to calls in visual and material cultural studies to move beyond the visual and to explore the multi-sensory impact of the image, across a wide range of cultural and historical contexts. What does it mean to practise art history after the material and sensory turns? What is an image, if not a purely visual phenomenon, and how does it prompt non-visual sensory experiences? The multi-sensoriality of the image was a less challenging concept before the ocularcentric modern age, and so this volume brings together a global array of scholars from multiple disciplines to ask these questions of imagery in premodern or non-western contexts, ranging from Minoan palace frescoes, to Roman statues, early church sermons, tombs of Byzantine saints, museum displays of Islamic artefacts of scent, medieval depictions of the voice, and Stuart court masques. Each chapter presents a means of appreciating images beyond the visual, demonstrating the new information and understanding that consequently can be gleaned from their material.

    As a collection, these chapters offer the student and scholar of art history and visual culture an array of exciting new approaches that can be applied to appreciate the multi-sensoriality of images in any context, as well as prompts for reflection on future directions in the study of imagery. The Multi-Sensory Image thus illustrates that it is not only possible to explore the non-visual impact of images, but imperative.

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    Notes on Contributors

    Chapter 1 "Introduction: The Image and the Senses"
    Heather Hunter-Crawley & Erica O'Brien

    Chapter 2 "Seeing is (not) Believing: Visual and Non-Visual Interpretations of Aegean Bronze Age Frescoes"
    Jo Day

    Chapter 3 "Multi-sensory Encounters: The Aesthetic Impact of Roman Coloured Statues"
    Amalie Skovmøller and Berit Hildebrandt

    Chapter 4 "Painting as Sermon: The Role of the Visual in Catechism in Late Fourth-Century Christian Orations"
    Despoina Lampada

    Chapter 5 "Experiencing the Miracle: Animated Images and the Senses in the Burial Chapel of the Byzantine Saint"
    Dimitra Kotoula

    Chapter 6 "Engaging the Olfactory: Scent in the Arts, Cultures, and Museums of the Islamic World"
    Claire Dobbin and Leslee Katrina Michelsen

    Chapter 7 "The Vocal in the Visual: Auditory Issues and the Potential of the Voice in Late Medieval and Early Modern Visual Art"
    Daniela Wagner

    Chapter 8 "‘Pictures with Light and Motion’: The Language of the Senses in The Masque of Flowers"
    Caterina Guardini

    Afterword "The Multi-sensory Image Between Interdisciplinarity and Multi-media"
    François Quiviger



    Dr Heather Hunter-Crawley has held research and teaching posts at the University of Bristol and Swansea University. She is an independent researcher specialising in the religious art of Roman and late antiquity, and the author of numerous articles on ancient Christianity, Roman religion, and the senses.

    Dr Erica O’Brien teaches at the University of Bristol. She has also taught at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David and has held a Frances A. Yates Short-term Research Fellowship at the Warburg Institute. She is interested in the depiction of sensory experience in late medieval devotional portraits. Her current research is on two manuscripts that belonged to Margaret of York, the Duchess of Burgundy from 1468 to 1477.