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The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium - Oxford Studies in Byzantium (Hardback)
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The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium - Oxford Studies in Byzantium (Hardback)

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In spite of the Orthodox liturgy's reputation for resistance to change, Byzantine liturgical dress underwent a period of extraordinary elaboration from the end of the eleventh century onwards. As part of this development, embroideries depicting holy figures and scenes began to appear on the vestments of the clergy. Examining the surviving Byzantine vestments in conjunction with contemporary visual and textual evidence, Woodfin relates their embroidered imagery both to the program of images used in churches, and to the hierarchical code of dress prevailing in the imperial court. Both sets of visual cross-references serve to enforce a reading of the clergy as living icons of Christ. Finally, the book explores the competing configurations of the hierarchy of heaven as articulated in imperial and ecclesiastical art. It shows how the juxtaposition of real embroidered vestments with vestments depicted in paintings, allowed the Orthodox hierarchy to represent itself as a direct extension of the hierarchy of heaven. Drawing on the best of recent scholarship in Byzantine liturgy, monumental painting, and textile studies, Woodfin's volume is the first major illustrated study of Byzantine embroidered vestments to appear in over forty years.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199592098
Number of pages: 374
Weight: 692 g
Dimensions: 224 x 148 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
The great virtue of this book is to explore an important development with great implications, which go to the heart of the dilemmas confronting the Orthodox Church in the last centuries of Byzantium. * Michael Angold, Revue des etudes byzantines *
an erudite work that is accessible and engaging. * Justin Rose. Comitatus *

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