In the later decades, art historical writing has focused strongly on the use and reception of images. The articles of this publication are devoted to two crucial concepts or functions of Christian images in the Middle Ages and the post-Reformation period: the image of cult and the image of devotion ('Andachtsbild').
The 16 contributors present and discuss visual art and the receptions and functions of pictures in the West (and East) European area from Late Antiquity to the 18th century. Furthermore, they bring into focus a rich Nordic material, which until now has been practically unknown in an international context. The articles are written in English or German.
Contributors: Åke Andrén, Henrik von Archen, Martin Blindheim, F.O. Büttner, Peter Dinzelbacher, Helena Edgren, Jens Fleischer, Signe Horn Fuglsang, Poul Grinder-Hansen, Ulla Haastrup, Søren Kaspersen, Ingalill Pegelow, Kees van der Ploeg, Hanne Kolind Poulsen, Aina Trotzig (†).
Søren Kaspersen er lektor ved Institut for Kunst og Kulturvidenskab, Københavns Universitet.
Signe Horn Fuglsang: Christian Reliquaries and Pagan Idols
Ingalill Pegelow: Pictures of Cult and Letters of Indulgence
Martin Blindheim: The Cult of Medieval Wooden Sculptures in Post-Reformation Norway
Peter Dinzelbacher: Religiöses Erleben vor bildender Kunst in autobiographischen und biographischen Zeugnissen des Hoch- und Spätmittelalters
F.O. Büttner: Sehen – vetstehen – erleben. Besondere Redaktionen narrativer Ikonographie im Stundengebetbuch
Kees van der Ploeg: The Spatial Setting of Worship. Some Observations on the Relation Between Altarpieces and Churches
Ulla Haastrup: Zu Altar- und Andachtsbildern in den Wandmalereien des mittelalterlichen Dänemark
Søren Kaspersen: Wall-paintings and Devotion. The Impact of Late Medieval Piety on Danish Murals
Helena Edgren: The Passion of Christ in Late Medieval Wall-paintings
Poul Grinder-Hansen: Public Devotional Pictures in Late Medieval Denmark
Aina Trotzig (†): The Iconography of the Enthroned Virgin with the Christ Child Standing in her Lap
Jens Fleischer: The Mother of God – The Life-Giving Fountain
Hanne Kolind Poulsen: Obstrusive Paintings. Pordenone and the Baroque Tendencies in Italian Art at the Beginning of the 16th Century
Åke Andrén: Sind die Andachtsbilder mit der Reformation verschwunden?
Henrik von Achen: The Sinner's Contemplation
Bengt Arvidsson: The Devotional Image. Reflections on Images in the Devotional Life of the Evangelical Tradition During the 17th and 18th Century
"The goal of these symposia - "to place with greater strength than hitherto the Nordic material in the international discussion and context" - is well served by these adequately illustrated essays, twelve in English and four in German, representing a wide range of Scandinavian works of art."
- Rebecca Leuchak, Roger William University, Religions Studies Reviews
"[T]he volume is well produced, with ample black-and-white reproductions throughout and color plates at the end, making accessible a body of material little known outside Scandinavia.
... [C]ollectively they [the articles] present a powerful critique of long-held assumptions about the categories and functions of images in Christian ritual settings. On a more pragmatic note, the essays are valuable for expanding the canon of medieval and early modern art history to include Nordic materials probably unfamiliar to the large and varied readership the volume deserves."
- Jacqueline E. Jung, University of California, Berkely, Visual Resources, Vol. XXII, No. 2, June 2006