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The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany

Hamburger, Jeffrey F.

Published by Zone Books, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1998
ISBN 10: 0942299450 / ISBN 13: 9780942299458
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Title: The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female...

Publisher: Zone Books, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

Edition: 1st Edition


608pp/illus. A scholarly discussion of Medieval Spirituality with many black and white Illustrations. There is a small section of color prints at the back of the book. DJ has small tears on back.Text has light .underlining on several pages. Bookseller Inventory # 008355

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The Visual and the Visionary adds a new dimension to the study of female spirituality, with its nuanced account of the changing roles of images in medieval monasticism from the twelfth century to the Reformation. In nine essays embracing the histories of art, religion, and literature, Jeffrey Hamburger explores the interrelationships between the visual arts and female spirituality in the context of the cura monialium, the pastoral care of nuns. Used as instruments of instruction and inspiration, images occupied a central place in debates over devotional practice, monastic reform, and mystical expression. Far from supplementing a history of art from which they have been excluded, the images made by and for women shaped that history decisively by defining novel modes of religious expression, above all, the relationship between sight and subjectivity. With this book, the study of female piety and artistic patronage becomes an integral part of the general history of medieval art and spirituality.

About the Author: Jeffrey F. Hamburger is Professor of Art History at the University of Toronto. He is the author of Nuns as Artists: The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent and The Rothschild Canticles: Art and Mysticism in Flanders and the Rhineland Circa 1300.

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