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Item Number: 112943
Title: Das Buch und die vier Ecken der Welt – von der Hülle der Thorarolle zum Deckel des Evangeliencodex : Eine Studie zur Entwicklung der Ikonographie des spätantiken Prachteinbands unter besonderer Berücksichtigung der von Theodelinda gestifteten Buchdeckel aus Monza
Author: Rainer, Thomas
Price: Not Available
ISBN: 9783895007095
Description: Wiesbaden: Reichert, 2011. 32cm., hardcover, 356pp., 118 color, 146 b&w illus. German text. Summary: Starting with a detailed iconographic analysis of the four angles (gammadia) placed in the four corners of the book covers gifted by the Lombard queen Theodelinda to the basilica San Giovanni in Monza (ca. 600 AD), the study tries to reconstruct the historical process that led to the development of the book cover as a mirror of its content in early Christian art and established the four gospel codex as a medium representing the world. Special attention is paid to the relationship of Jewish and Christian book casing thereby taking account of the different types of books, scroll or codex, used in each religion for the writings of Holy Scripture. The development of the codex starting from low esteem in classical antiquity to highest regard as an object representing the world in late antique Christianity is told by the different images of the biblical books in art: at first scrolls enclosed in a bookcase, later open codices and at last closed codices. Parallels between these images and the use of gospel codices in a liturgical setting, especially a ceremony preparing for baptism called Expositio Evangeliorum, explain the change in the representation of the gospel from open book to closed codex. (Spätantike - Frühes Christentum - Byzanz: Kunst im Ersten Jahrtausend, Reihe B: Studien und Perspektiven, 27)

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