The Allegory of the Church : Romanesque Portals and Their Verse Inscriptions


The Allegory of the Church : Romanesque Portals and Their Verse Inscriptions

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  • 製本 Paperback:紙装版/ペーパーバック版/ページ数 401 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781442613096
  • DDC分類 909

Full Description

Verse inscriptions in stone appeared in abundance on the fa ades of Romanesque churches in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. Marking the place where medieval worshippers were transported from secular to sacred space, portal verse inscriptions provide important, and often overlooked, insights into the dynamic function of the portals and their art.The Allegory of the Church is the first full-length study of Romanesque verse inscriptions in the context of church portals and portal sculpture, and is the product of a twenty-year study. Calvin B. Kendall demonstrates how these inscriptions served to express the role of the church building as a concrete allegory of Christ and the Church. Describing them in detail, he traces the history and nature of the changes in allegorical interpretation of the inscriptions until, as medieval assumptions about language and rhetoric changed, they were finally abandoned by Gothic artists.An exemplary work of interdisciplinary scholarship, The Allegory of the Church includes a detailed catalogue of Romanesque verse inscriptions.

Table of Contents

        List of Illustrations, Text Figures,       ix
and Maps
Preface xi
Part One The Making of Meaning
1 The Allegory of the Church 3 (18)
Part Two The Early History of Christian Verse
2 Constantine and the Mosaics of Rome 21 (12)
3 Portal Inscriptions, Liminal 33 (18)
Transformation, and the Creation of Sacred
Part Three Visions and Voices: Allegorizing
the Romanesque Church
4 `I am the door': Typological Allegory and 51 (18)
the Design of the Romanesque Portal
5 The Voice of Allegory: Language and Form 69 (11)
in Romanesque Verse Inscriptions
6 The Portal as Christ: Personification or 80 (12)
Real Presence?
7 Portal Inscriptions as `Performatives' 92 (7)
8 Conditional Transcendence: Movement 99 (10)
between the Literal and Spiritual Levels of
the Allegory of the Church
9 Anagogical Allegory and Imagery: Gate of 109(13)
Heaven, Gate of Life, Fountain of Life
10 Moral Allegory: Admonitory and Pax 122(17)
Portals and the Tympanum of Jaca
11 Visions of Allegory: The Archivolts of 139(16)
Part Four Secular Transformations
12 The Search for the New: Politics, 155(16)
Pilgrimage, and Economics
13 Artists and the Pursuit of Fame 171(14)
14 Allegory Undone: Patronage and the Shift 185(12)
to Representational Symbolism
Catalogue of Romanesque Verse Inscriptions 197(104)
Notes 301(54)
Bibliography of Works Cited 355(24)
Index 379