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Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium

Glenn Peers and A. Long

Abstract

Throughout the course of Byzantine history, Christian doctrine taught that angels have a powerful place in cosmology. It also taught that angels were immaterial, bodiless, invisible beings. But if that were the case, how could they be visualized and depicted in icons and other works of art? This book describes the strategies used by Byzantine artists to represent the incorporeal forms of angels and the rationalizations in defense of their representations mustered by theologians in the face of iconoclastic opposition. The book demonstrates that these problems of representation provide a unique ... More

Keywords: Byzantine history, Christian doctrine, angels, cosmology, icons, works of art, Byzantine artists, incorporeal forms, iconoclastic opposition, Late Antique thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780520224056
Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520224056.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Glenn Peers, author

A. Long, editor

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