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Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium by Ivan Drpić

By Ivan Drpić

This booklet explores the nexus of artwork, own piety, and self-representation within the final centuries of Byzantium. Spanning the interval from round 1100 to round 1450, it focuses upon the proof of verse inscriptions, or epigrams, on artworks. Epigrammatic poetry, Professor Drpić argues, constitutes a serious - if mostly missed - resource for reconstructing aesthetic and socio-cultural discourses that educated the making, use, and conception of paintings within the Byzantine international. Bringing jointly art-historical and literary modes of study, the e-book examines epigrams and different comparable texts along an array of gadgets, together with icons, reliquaries, ecclesiastical textiles, mosaics, and full churches. by way of getting to such various themes as devotional self-fashioning, the aesthetics of decoration, sacred giving, and the erotics of the icon, this examine bargains a penetrating and hugely unique account of Byzantine paintings and its position in Byzantine society and spiritual life.

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