Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

1st Edition

By Susan L. Green


244 pages

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Hardback: 9780815393771
pub: 2018-11-05
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This book is the first detailed investigation to focus on the late medieval use of Tree of Jesse imagery, traditionally a representation of the genealogical tree of Christ. In northern Europe, from the mid-fifteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, it could be found across a wide range of media. Yet, as this book vividly illustrates, it had evolved beyond a simple genealogy into something more complex, which could be modified to satisfy specific religious requirements. It was also able to function on a more temporal level, reflecting not only a clerical preoccupation with a sense of communal identity, but a more general interest in displaying a family’s heritage, continuity and/or social status. It is this dynamic and polyvalent element that makes the subject so fascinating.

Table of Contents

Introduction, Chapter One The Tree of Jesse and the Speculum Humanae Salvationis, Chapter Two The Tree of Jesse and Saint Anne, Chapter Three The Tree of Jesse, the Carmelites, and other Religious Orders, Chapter Four The Tree of Jesse and the Schöllenbach Altarpiece: A Case Study, Chapter Five The Tree of Jesse and Antwerp Carved Altarpieces, Chapters Six The Tree of Jesse in Northern France, Conclusion, Appendices, Bibliography

About the Author

Susan L. Green is an associate lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and visiting lecturer at the New College of the Humanities, London.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Art and Religion

Routledge Research in Art and Religion is a new series focusing on religion and spirituality as examined by scholars working in the fields of art history and visual studies. Proposals for monographs and edited collections on this topic are welcomed.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / History / General
ART / European
ART / History / Medieval
ART / Subjects & Themes / Religious
HISTORY / Europe / General
HISTORY / Medieval
RELIGION / Christianity / Literature & the Arts
RELIGION / Christianity / History
RELIGION / Christianity / General