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Название: Spiritual Seeing: Picturing God's Invisibility in Medieval Art (The Middle Ages Series
Автор: Herbert L. Kessler
Издательство: University of Pennsylvania Press
Размер: 69 MB
If we cannot see God with our own eyes, for what purpose do we picture God in art? During the Middle Ages, the Second Commandment's warning against idolatry was largely set aside as the power of images became boldly and visibly evident. By the twelfth century, one Byzantine authority could even offer his own revision of the Commandment: "Thou shalt paint the likeness of Christ Himself." How and when, Herbert L. Kessler asks, was the Jewish prohibition of images in worship converted into a Christian imperative to picture God's invisibility once God had taken human form in the body of Jesus Christ?