HANS BELTING LIKENESS AND PRESENCE PDF
: 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. Were Hans Belting known by future generations of historians, art historians and specialists, only for this book, his reputation would be secure. In its scope, its.
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Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art by Hans Belting
Translated by Edmund Jephcott. University of Chicago Press, Were Hans Belting known by future generations of historians, art historians and specialists, only for this book, his reputation would be secure.
In its scope, its departure point the use of sacred imagesand its disciplined methodology, Likeness and Presence is, quite simply, magisterial. This book is not only an [End Page ] analysis of the image per sebut, covering territory well-known to the specialist, it is simultaneously a history of the image in beltinh millennium and a half from antiquity to the Renaissance: Likeness and Presence deals with the beliefs, superstitions, hopes and fears that come into play as likenesx handle and respond to sacred images.
The faithful believed that these images, through their careful likeness to the person represented, became a tangible presence of the Holy and were, preesence this careful likeness, able to work miracles, deliver oracles, and to bring victory on the battlefield.
Belting traces over 20 chapters each one so complete in itself, each might well stand alone as single essays the long history of the image and its changing role in European culture. Rather, he proceeds from the belief that images reveal their meaning best by their use.
It is the changing use of holy images which he traces in three likebess stages see belowconsciously focussed on the image qua image and its use. Thus, he keeps holy images distinct from the narrative image, the idealism of art appreciation for its own sake, or any of the approaches current in the scholarship, from the view point of the psychologist or anthropologist.
The middle section of Likeness and Presence is also the center of the story: The final third of this volume chaps. In this period, llkeness images, Belting maintains, reemerge xxii as works of art made by gifted artists, characterized by individuated styles and visualizations of the traditional biblical repertoire.
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In the hands of such artists as Duccio and Coppo, Jan Van Eyck and Memling, Antonella da Messina and Durer, or later, well-known Renaissance artists, the artist strived consciously to make visible both the idea of the divine and the idea of beauty, symbolized in the perfection of art — Likeness and Presence is a splendid book, if only with reference to the sheer magnitude of undertaking to write of a history of images, but also in the physical presentation of the volume itself.
It is conceived evidently with the reader in mind.
Besides the text pages distributed over 20 chapters, each with clearly titled sub-sections made accessible by a full Table of Contents, there is yet another 58 pages of endnotes, a satisfyingly full bibliography, and two very useful indices of subjects, and of persons and places.
In addition, Belting [End Page ] provides 65 densely packed pages Bwlting MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, belfing, and scholars worldwide.
Likeness and Presence
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