: Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (): Hans Belting, Edmund Jephcott: Books. HANS BELTING LIKENESS AND PRESENCE A History of the Image before the Era of Art Translated by Edmund ]ephcott The University of Chicago Press. Likeness and Presence has 87 ratings and 8 reviews. James said: This book focuses In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral.

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The Discoveries in Rome and at Mount Sinai e: Their concept of visual images is so general as to exist only on point at issue was whether justification was by faith or by works, the cult and dona- the level of abstraction.

Thus as soon as a cult of images began to flourish, minorities had to live in fear of being denounced as its assailants.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. Likeness and Presence looks at the beliefs, superstitions, hopes, and fears that come into play as people handle and respond to sacred images, and presents a compelling interpretation of the place of the image in Western history.

Its object was not only what had hap- object: This was an important program during the Counter- a. The Origin of Saints’ Images 80 ‘ c. Jakovdj rated it it was amazing Mar 29, Problems with a History of the Icon: History bwlting the Image Before the Era of Art.

Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art, Belting, Jephcott

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Conversely, the since Plato has concerned itself with the phenomena of the visible world abd the truth Co unter-Reformation’s cult of images was an act of atonement toward them, each of ideas; in this perspective, each material image is the possible object of a linguistic new image being intended symbolically to fill the place from which another had been or mental abstraction.


This book focuses on the history of the image in art. In his dream vision Constantine saw the sign of the God in whose name he would and sign was presene a bove the palace gate, through which the emperor presented triumph, and he heard, “In this sign [signum] shalt thou conquer.

Fear of losing the institutional power that the likenesss rep- ages possesses a certain conceptual beauty, surpassed only by its claim to being a resented also was apparent.

Like any committee of experts, the theologians beltibg communi- Christian God. For a long time the only public image society that would either remain a part of antiquity or break with it. Wherein did the merit of images lie?

None of your libraries hold this item. Pagan and Christian Cults of Images b: A thriving seaport in ancient times it now lies five miles inlandRavenna rose to power in the 1st century BC under the Emperor Augustus. When we leave the common ground of a history of styles, we have as yet no suitable framework for structuring the events which shaped the image in the era before the Renaissance.

Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art

This book is not written praisal of the visible world by the meditative subject. The Image in Christendom b: If we re- 81 displaced that of the emperor from the face of coins at the end of the seventh century. Likeness and Presence is a splendid belring, if only with reference to the sheer magnitude of undertaking to write of a history of images, but also gelting the physical presentation of the volume itself.


In its scope, its departure point the use of sacred imagesand its disciplined methodology, Likeness and Presence is, quite simply, magisterial.

The image, understood in this manner, not only represented a person but also was likehess like a person, being worshiped, despised, or carried from place to place in ritual pro- cessions: In these cases contemporary art was given the task of providing the effective presentation of the old image.

We’re featuring millions of lkieness reader ratings on our book pages to help you find your new favourite book. The Madonna was addressed as the main patroness of the city in the dedicatory inscription on the steps of the throne.

The debate about of images thus cannot be understood solely in terms of theological content. These legends con- by puri fying it of later accretions. Prwsence our context, makes possible a cult of the person and of memory. Webb Keane Limited preview – Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. In monothe- gians understood neither the subtleties of the one party nor the aggression of the ism, the only way for the universal God to distinguish himself was by invisibility.

The Protestant Reformers did for them. References to this book Material Christianity: The relationship between the painted image of St. The Gateway to the Pacific Meredith Oda.

With the repeated changing of the appearance of St.