edited by Robert Ousterhout and Leslie Brubaker
University of Illinois Press, 1995
Cloth: 978-0-252-02096-4
Library of Congress Classification BX380.5.S23 1995
Dewey Decimal Classification 246.5309

A new generation of American medieval art historians explores how sacred images were perceived during the Middle Ages in Byzantium and Europe. The essays cover a full range of images, including panel paintings, altarpieces, manuscripts, and wall paintings, and a rich variety of socioreligious settings, private, monastic, and imperial. Also examined are the differences between images produced for a single viewer and those produced for communities; images produced for private contemplation or devotion and those functioned within a liturgical setting; and the varying ways in which sacred images affected women and men, religious and secular communities, rulers and ruled.