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Author Gerstel, Sharon E. J.

Title Beholding the sacred mysteries : programs of the Byzantine sanctuary / Sharon E.J. Gerstel.

Published Seattle : College Art Association in association with Universary of Washington Press, 1999.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  704.9482 GERS    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 213 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 29 cm.
Series Monograph on the fine arts ; 56
Monographs on the fine arts ; 56.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 112-130) and index.
Contents I. The Creation of Sacred Space -- II. Assembling the Company of Bishops -- III. The Sacrificial Offering -- IV. The Sacred Communion -- V. Reviewing the Mandylion -- VI. Conclusion -- App. Catalogue of Decorated Sanctuaries in Macedonia.
Summary Sharon Gerstel evokes a wide range of written and painted sources in order to analyze the decoration of the Byzantine sanctuary from the perspective of its contemporary viewer, from monk to liturgical celebrant, from bishop to lay worshipper. In a new presentation of the sanctuary program, the author reveals to the modern reader what was and is manifest only to the clergy. In order to fully understand and appreciate the sanctuary decoration, twenty-seven churches spanning three hundred years (1028-1328) from the area known as Macedonia are catalogued and discussed. The first to present this region in its entirety, this study reveals programs of superior ecclesiastical decoration and demonstrates how innovative approaches to Christian iconography were shared among painters.
Subject Sacred space -- Macedonia (Republic)
Architecture, Byzantine -- Macedonia (Republic)
Christian art and symbolism -- Medieval, 500-1500 -- Macedonia (Republic)
ISBN 0295978007 (alk. paper)