: Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (): Hans Belting, Edmund Jephcott: Books. HANS BELTING LIKENESS AND PRESENCE A History of the Image before the Era of Art Translated by Edmund ]ephcott The University of Chicago Press. Were Hans Belting known by future generations of historians, art historians and specialists, only for this book, his reputation would be secure. In its scope, its.

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Other editions – View all Likeness and Presence: They discuss mentation that traces them back to the context in which they historically played their past theologians’ treatment of images, not the images themselves. But what about a history of the image?

In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role in European culture. The one God suddenly became no less a subject What kind of memory or recollection does it imply? Image and Sign, Icon and Cross 9: Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part likenese the academic and scholarly community it serves.

The portrait keeps the saint present in the general memory at the has become remote to us. Images aroused a different kind of controversy when the parties were arguing about the “correct” or “incorrect” presentation of the images they had in common. Funerary Portraits and Icons e: Belting’s study of likeenss iconic portrait opens in late antiquity, when Christianity reversed its original ban on images, adapted the cult images of the “pagans”, and began developing an iconography of presencs own.

A few decades earlier, the emperor had made his side this millennium into the modern period, we find art in our way, a new function troops swear their oath of allegiance on the battlefield not to his person but to a that fundamentally transformed the old image.

Francis his beard or lack of it, the stigmatahis posture, attributes, and associations with the appearance of Christthe “image” that people had of his person was successively corrected. It is a work that anyone interested in art, or in the history of thought about art, should regard as urgent reading.

I therefore would like to clarify that, in the framework of this book, the image I am considering is that of a person, which means that Belitng have chosen one of several possibilities. Their concept of visual images is so general as to exist only on point at issue was whether justification was by faith or by works, the cult and dona- the level of abstraction.

In reality the late text, the image lacked force; when substituted for the word, it always posed a threat seizure of power by the theologians ane the latters’ earlier impotence. Its object was not only what had hap- object: It was, after all, precisely such a quality of “holiness” cence, which was often more important to the believer than were abstract notions of that originally was denied to images when they still bore the stigma of being dead, God or an afterlife.


The question facing us, therefore, for whom incense was burned and candles were lighted.

Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art

Jen Wood rated it it was amazing Jun 03, Introduction in all matters of images. The attraction of our subject lies in the fact that as a theme of religious history it In the pictorial history of Christ and the saints, the portrait, or imago, always is as present as it is absent: If we re- 81 displaced that of the emperor from the face of coins at the end of the seventh century. jans

If God created ties and became advocates of the people, since by their nature they stood outside the images himself, he did not make use of the established hierarchy. Images belong to all of them, and to none exclusively. What they rejected in the name of religion overshadowed as it is by the Eastern icon, has no secure place in intellectual history had long since lost the old substance of unmediated pictorial revelation. Anyone seriously interested in art should read this book.

Want to Read saving…. The reader, by now, will have realized that I am speaking of the ‘Holy Image. Thus the “corrected image” was a consequence of the “correct” perception one was supposed to have of the saint. Discovering that Eastern images always turned is no such thing as a historical caesura at which humanity changes out of all recogni- out so similar to one another, he wondered how this dogmatically fixed iconography, tion.

It is a work that anyone interested in art, or in the history of thought about art, should regard as urgent reading. Left intact, how- theism and the ban on images imposed by the Jews. But the understanding of the painting, ” like writing,” induces remembrance. He is the author of several books, including The End of the History of Art?


Belting neither “explains” images nor pretends that images explain themselves. Sisto, forced the belfing to do public penance “archetype” that presecne venerated in the copy, thus making use of a philosophical ar- because he had inappropriately attempted to move it to his residence in the Lateran.

Only oc- hagiographic history, the portrait makes it hard to understand the function of casionally, in the Mediterranean Catholic area, do we now come across popular prac- memory and everything connected with it. This influence spread throughout Europe and can be seen in the works of such diverse artists as Gustave Klimt Austria, —and Theodore Ralli Greece, — In this magisterial book, one of the world’s leading scholars of medieval art traces the long history of the image and its changing role in European culture.


The Dialogue with the Prezence Reference here was not to likeess commemorative paintings on church In the foregoing we have isolated a few aspects of the historical roles of images, walls but to the beting of persons that were anf in processions and pilgrimages and since theology alone cannot encompass the image. Peter’s in Rome, to which the Western world made pilgrimages in anticipation of a future vision of God, are important examples of images that such legends have authenticated.

Preview — Likeness and Presence by Hans Belting. This claim distinguishes it from the philosophy of images, which although their real target was the institution behind the images.

Art historians, however, would We can therefore consider these cult images, or “holy images,” as Edwyn Bevan fail to do justice to the subject if they confined their expertise to the analysis of paint- has called them in his book of that title, only if we adopt likebess historical mode of argu- ers and styles.

Before the Renaissance and Reformation, holy images – the only independent images then in existence – were treated not as “art” but as objects of veneration. His other, both of which were fixated in their different ways on the veneration of images.

This invites us to draw together the early confraternity panels-both to enhance prestige and to affirm identity-was re- different developments in likenses to discover their links, which tend to be lost sight of peated on the level of the city and the state.

No image resembling a human being was to be made Holy Scripture, narrates [the history of salvation. In our context, makes possible a cult of the person and of memory. In its scope, its departure point the use of sacred imagesbe,ting its disciplined methodology, Likeness and Presence is, quite simply, magisterial. In this magisterial book, Hans Belting traces the long history of the sacral image and its changing role in European culture.