New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Pseudo-Dionysius and Christian Visual Culture, c.500–900

Editors: Dell’Acqua, Francesca, Mainoldi, Ernesto Sergio (Eds.)

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  • Examines the legacy of Pseudo-Dionysius and his impact on the development of Christian visual culture
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  • Explores the relation of the Dionysian philosophical system to the materiality and visualization of the world
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  • Crosses perceived disciplinary boundaries in a constructive and fruitful way, bringing together theologians, art historians, and literary scholars 
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This book uses Pseudo-Dionysius and his mystic theology to explore attitudes and beliefs about images in the early medieval West and Byzantium. Composed in the early sixth century, the Corpus Dionysiacum, the collection of texts transmitted under the name of Dionysius the Areopagite, developed a number of themes which have a predominantly visual and spatial dimension.  Pseudo-Dionysius’ contribution to the development of Christian visual culture, visual thinking and figural art-making are examined in this book to systematically investigate his long-lasting legacy and influence. The contributors embrace religious studies, philosophy, theology, art, and architectural history, to consider the depth of the interaction between the Corpus Dionysiacum and various aspects of contemporary Byzantine and western cultures, including ecclesiastical and lay power, politics, religion, and art. 

About the authors

Francesca Dell’Acqua is Assistant Professor of the History of Medieval Art at the University of Salerno, Italy, and holds the Habilitation to Associate Professorship in the History of Medieval Art (ASN 2012). 

Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi is Senior Research Associate of the History of Philosophy at the University of Salerno, Italy, and holds the Habilitation to Associate Professorship in the History of Medieval Philosophy and Medieval Latin Literature and Philology (ASN 2018). 

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Reassessing the Historico-Doctrinal Background of Pseudo-Dionysius’ Image Theory

    Pages 1-39

    Mainoldi, Ernesto Sergio

  • Eikon and Symbolon in the Corpus Dionysiacum: Scriptures and Sacraments as Aesthetic Categories

    Pages 41-75

    Tavolaro, Angelo

  • Pseudo-Dionysius and the Importance of Sensible Things

    Pages 77-87

    Ivanović, Filip

  • The Relation of Monks to Clergy in the Dionysian Hierarchy and Its Byzantine Reception

    Pages 89-131

    Iverites, Evgenios

  • Images of Holy Men in Late Antiquity in Light of Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite: Framing Spiritual Ascent and Visualising Spiritual Hierarchy

    Pages 133-176

    Marsengill, Katherine

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pseudo-Dionysius and Christian Visual Culture, c.500–900
Editors
  • Francesca Dell’Acqua
  • Ernesto Sergio Mainoldi
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-24769-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-24769-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-24768-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIX, 329
Number of Illustrations
8 b/w illustrations, 25 illustrations in colour
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