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The Art of Empire: Christian Art in Its Imperial Context

Lee JeffersonRobin Margaret Jensen

The Art of Empire: Christian Art in Its Imperial Context

Lee JeffersonRobin Margaret Jensen

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In recent years, art historians such as Johannes Deckers (Picturing the Bible, 2009) have argued for a significant transition in fourth- and fifth-century images of Jesus following the conversion of Constantine. Broadly speaking, they perceive the image of a peaceful, benevolent shepherd transformed into a powerful, enthroned Jesus, mimicking and mirroring the dominance and authority of the emperor. The powers of church and state are thus conveniently synthesized in such a potent image. This deeply rooted position assumes that ante-pacem images of Jesus were uniformly humble while post-Constantinian images exuded the grandeur of power and glory. The Art of Empire contends that the art and imagery of Late Antiquity merits a more nuanced understanding of the context of the imperial period before and after Constantine. The chapters in this collection each treat an aspect of the relationship between early Christian art and the rituals, practices, or imagery of the Empire, and offer a new and fresh perspective on the development of Christian art in its imperial background.

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In recent years, art historians such as Johannes Deckers (Picturing the Bible, 2009) have argued for a significant transition in fourth- and fifth-century images of Jesus following the conversion of Constantine. Broadly speaking, they perceive the image of a peaceful, benevolent shepherd transformed into a powerful, enthroned Jesus, mimicking and mirroring the dominance and authority of the emperor. The powers of church and state are thus conveniently synthesized in such a potent image. This deeply rooted position assumes that ante-pacem images of Jesus were uniformly humble while post-Constantinian images exuded the grandeur of power and glory. The Art of Empire contends that the art and imagery of Late Antiquity merits a more nuanced understanding of the context of the imperial period before and after Constantine. The chapters in this collection each treat an aspect of the relationship between early Christian art and the rituals, practices, or imagery of the Empire, and offer a new and fresh perspective on the development of Christian art in its imperial background.
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Meet the Authors

Robin Margaret Jensen

Robin M. Jensen is the Luce Chancellor's Professor of the History of Christian Art and Worship at Vanderbilt University, where she teaches both in the Divinity School and the Art History Department, and directs a program on Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture. She has written several books, articles, and essays on the subject of early Christian art and its intersection with Christian theology and practice. She is currently president for the Society for the Arts in Religious and Theological Studies.

Table Of Contents

  • Introduction; 1. Allusions To Imperial Rituals In Fourth-century Christian Art - Robin M. Jensen; 2. Revisiting The Emperor Mystique: The Traditio Legis As An Anti-imperial Image - Lee M. Jefferson; 3. The Memory Of "peter" In Fourth-century Rome: Church, Mausoleum, And Jupiter On The Via Paenestina - Douglas Boin; 4. From Victim To Victor: Developing An Iconography Of Suffering In Early Christian Art - Felicity Harley-mcgowan; 5. The Good Shepherd And The Enthroned Ruler: A Reconsideration Of Imperial Iconography In The Early Church - Jennifer Awes Freeman; 6. Representing Ritual, Christianizing The Pompa Circensis: Imperial Spectacle At Rome In A Christianizing Empire - Jacob Latham; 7. Was The Presence Of Christ In Statues? The Challenge Of Divine-media For A Jewish Roman God - Michael Peppard; 8. The Visualization Of The Imperial Cult In Late Antique Constantinople - Katherine Marsengill; 9. The Hinton St. Mary Mosaic: A Polemical Reading Of An Ambiguous Iconography - Adam Levine; Bibliography; Index.

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Product Details
  • Catalogue Code 432918
  • Product Code 9781451487664
  • ISBN 1451487665
  • EAN 9781451487664
  • Pages 240
  • Department Academic
  • Category History
  • Sub-Category General
  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • Publication Date Oct 2015
  • Sales Rank #72966
  • Dimensions 228 x 152 x 20 mm
  • Weight 0.308kg

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