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By Ivan Drpić

This booklet explores the nexus of paintings, own piety, and self-representation within the final centuries of Byzantium. Spanning the interval from round 1100 to round 1450, it focuses upon the proof of verse inscriptions, or epigrams, on artistic endeavors. Epigrammatic poetry, Professor Drpić argues, constitutes a serious - if principally overlooked - resource for reconstructing aesthetic and socio-cultural discourses that trained the making, use, and notion of paintings within the Byzantine international. Bringing jointly art-historical and literary modes of research, the publication examines epigrams and different comparable texts along an array of items, together with icons, reliquaries, ecclesiastical textiles, mosaics, and whole churches. via getting to such varied subject matters as devotional self-fashioning, the aesthetics of decoration, sacred giving, and the erotics of the icon, this research bargains a penetrating and hugely unique account of Byzantine paintings and its position in Byzantine society and non secular life.

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