1st Edition

The Routledge Companion to Medieval Iconography

Edited By Colum Hourihane Copyright 2017
    588 Pages 8 Color & 148 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    580 Pages 8 Color & 148 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    580 Pages 8 Color & 148 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.