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Iconography Beyond the Crossroads

Image, Meaning, and Method in Medieval Art

Edited by Pamela A. Patton and Catherine A. Fernandez

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$104.95 | Hardcover Edition
ISBN: 978-0-271-09056-6

240 pages
8" × 10"
37 color/46 b&w illustrations
2022
Co-published with The Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University

Signa: Papers of the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University

Iconography Beyond the Crossroads

Image, Meaning, and Method in Medieval Art

Edited by Pamela A. Patton and Catherine A. Fernandez

Iconography Beyond the Crossroads is a very useful contribution to current scholarship and a distinguished follower in the line of excellent volumes produced by Index conferences of the past. This volume, with its coherent methodological emphasis, is an especially worthy successor to its important predecessor, Iconography at the Crossroads.”

 

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This volume assesses how current approaches to iconology and iconography break new ground in understanding the signification and reception of medieval images, both in their own time and in the modern world.

Framed by critical essays that apply explicitly historiographical and sociopolitical perspectives to key moments in the evolution of the field, the volume’s case studies focus on how iconographic meaning is shaped by factors such as medieval modes of dialectical thought, the problem of representing time, the movement of the viewer in space, the fragmentation and injury of both image and subject, and the complex strategy of comparing distant cultural paradigms. The contributions are linked by a commitment to understanding how medieval images made meaning; to highlighting the heuristic value of new perspectives and methods in exploring the work of the image in both the Middle Ages and our own time; and to recognizing how subtle entanglements between scholarship and society can provoke mutual and unexpected transformations in both. Collectively, the essays demonstrate the expansiveness, flexibility, and dynamism of iconographic studies as a scholarly field that is still heartily engaged in the challenge of its own remaking.

Along with the volume editors, the contributors include Madeline H. Caviness, Beatrice Kitzinger, Aden Kumler, Christopher R. Lakey, Glenn Peers, Jennifer Purtle, and Elizabeth Sears.

Iconography Beyond the Crossroads is a very useful contribution to current scholarship and a distinguished follower in the line of excellent volumes produced by Index conferences of the past. This volume, with its coherent methodological emphasis, is an especially worthy successor to its important predecessor, Iconography at the Crossroads.”

Pamela A. Patton is Director of the Index of Medieval Art at Princeton University. She is the author of Art of Estrangement: Redefining Jews in Reconquest Spain, published by Penn State University Press, and the coeditor of The Lives and Afterlives of Medieval Iconography, copublished by Penn State University Press and the Index of Medieval Art.

Catherine A. Fernandez is Art History Specialist at the Index of Medieval Art. She is the author of “The Archaeology of Carolingian Memory at Saint-Sernin of Toulouse” in The Lives and Afterlives of Medieval Iconography.

List of Illustrations

Introduction: Beyond the Crossroads: Iconography and Its Evolutions

Pamela A. Patton

1. Iconography and Iconology at Princeton

Elizabeth Sears

2. Whose Iconography?

Aden Kumler

3. Iconology After the Spatial Turn

Christopher R. Lakey

4. Iconographies of Progress

Beatrice Kitzinger

5. The Iconography of Healing and Damaged Bodies in the Menil Collection and the Kariye Camii: Methodological Reflections

Glenn Peers

6. Pictured in Relief: Comparative Iconology and Civilizational Time Zones at Monreale and Quanzhou, ca. 1186-ca. 1238

Jennifer Purtle

7. Iconography Deconstructed, from Mâle to the Alt Right

Madeline H. Caviness

List of Contributors

Index

Download a PDF sample chapter here: Introduction