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The Routledge Companion to Medieval Iconography

Edited By

Colum Hourihane

ISBN 9780367334321
Published June 4, 2019 by Routledge
588 Pages 8 Color & 148 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Sometimes enjoying considerable favor, sometimes less, iconography has been an essential element in medieval art historical studies since the beginning of the discipline. Some of the greatest art historians – including Mâle, Warburg, Panofsky, Morey, and Schapiro – have devoted their lives to understanding and structuring what exactly the subject matter of a work of medieval art can tell. Over the last thirty or so years, scholarship has seen the meaning and methodologies of the term considerably broadened.

This companion provides a state-of-the-art assessment of the influence of the foremost iconographers, as well as the methodologies employed and themes that underpin the discipline. The first section focuses on influential thinkers in the field, while the second covers some of the best-known methodologies; the third, and largest section, looks at some of the major themes in medieval art. Taken together, the three sections include thirty-eight chapters, each of which deals with an individual topic. An introduction, historiographical evaluation, and bibliography accompany the individual essays. The authors are recognized experts in the field, and each essay includes original analyses and/or case studies which will hopefully open the field for future research.

Table of Contents

List of Figures and Plates
Biographical Notes on the Contributors

Medieval Iconography, An Introduction
Colum Hourihane

Part I


1. Andrea Alciato
Denis L. Drysdall and Peter M. Daly

2. Ripa, the Trinciante
Cornelia Logemann

3. Adolphe-Napoléon Didron (Paris 1867–Hautvilliers 1906)
Emilie Maraszak

4. Louis Réau
Daniel Russo

5. Émile Mâle
Kirk Ambrose

6. Aby M. Warburg: Iconographer?
Peter van Huisstede

7. Fritz Saxl: Transformation and Reconfiguration of Pagan Gods in Medieval Art
Katia Mazzucco

8. Erwin Panofsky (1892–1968)
Dieter Wuttke

9. Charles Rufus Morey and the Index of Christian Art
Colum Hourihane

10. Hans van de Waal, A Portrait
Edward Grasman

11. Meyer Schapiro as Iconographer
Patricia Stirnemann

12. Michael Camille’s Queer Middle Ages
Matthew M. Reeve

Part II

13. The Anthropology of Images
Ralph Dekoninck

14. Classifying Image Content in Visual Collections: A Selective History
Chiara Franceschini

15. Library of Congress Subject Headings
Sherman Clarke

16. Iconclass: a Key to Collaboration in the Digital Humanities
Hans Brandhorst and Etienne Posthumus

Section III

17. Religious Iconography
Marina Vicelja

18. Liturgical Iconography
Karl F. Morrison

19. Secular Iconography
Harald Wolter-von dem Knesebeck

20. Erotic Iconography
Madeline H. Caviness

21. The Iconography of Narrative
Anne F. Harris

22. Political Iconography and The Emblematic Way of Seeing
György E. Szönyi

23. Picturing the Stars – Scientific Iconography in the Middle Ages
Dieter Blume

24. Medicine’s Image
Jack Hartnell

25. Patronage: A Useful Category of Art Historical Analysis
Elizabeth Carson Pastan

26. Royal and Imperial Iconography
Joan A. Holladay

27. The Iconography of Architecture
Elizabeth Valdez del Álamo

28. Heraldic Imagery, Definition, and Principles
Laurent Hablot

29. Medieval Maps and Diagrams
Diarmuid Scully

30. The Iconography of Gender
Sherry C.M. Lindquist

31. Feminist Art History and Medieval Iconography
Martha Easton

32. The Iconography of Color
Andreas Petzold

33. Flowers and Plants, the Living Iconography
Celia Fisher

34. The Iconography of Light
Sharon E. J. Gerstel and Michael W. Cothren

35. The Visual Representation of Music and Sound
Susan Boynton

36. The Other in the Middle Ages, Difference, Identity, and Iconography
Pamela A. Patton

37. Animal Iconography
Debra Higgs Strickland

38. Monstrous Iconography
Asa Simon Mittman and Susan M. Kim

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Colum Hourihane received his PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, in 1983 for a thesis on the iconography of Gothic art in Ireland, part of which was subsequently published as Gothic Art in Ireland 1169–1550: Enduring Vitality (2003). He was deputy director of the Witt Computer Index in the Courtauld Institute until 1997 before becoming director of the Index of Christian Art, Princeton University, where he was until retirement in 2014. He has edited over twenty volumes of art historical studies and has single-authored five volumes. Among the latter are The Processional Cross in Late Medieval England: The Dallye Cross (2005) and Pontius Pilate, Anti-Semitism, and the Passion in medieval Art (2009). A fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London, he was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal Irish Academy in 2015.