Item Number: 149290
Title: Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
Author: Green, Susan L
Record created on 07/10/2018
Description: London: Routledge, 2018. 24cm., hardcover, 240pp. illus.
Summary: This book is the first detailed investigation to focus on the late medieval use of Tree of Jesse imagery, traditionally a representation of the genealogical tree of Christ. In northern Europe, from the mid-fifteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, it could be found across a wide range of media. Yet, as this book vividly illustrates, it had evolved beyond a simple genealogy into something more complex, which could be modified to satisfy specific religious requirements. It was also able to function on a more temporal level, reflecting not only a clerical preoccupation with a sense of communal identity, but a more general interest in displaying a family’s heritage, continuity and/or social status. It is this dynamic and polyvalent element that makes the subject so fascinating.
Contents: Introduction ; The Tree of Jesse and the Speculum Humanae Salvationis ; The Tree of Jesse and Saint Anne ; The Tree of Jesse, the Carmelites, and other Religious Orders ; The Tree of Jesse and the Schöllenbach Altarpiece- A Case Study ; The Tree of Jesse and Antwerp Carved Altarpieces ; The Tree of Jesse in Northern France ; Conclusion.
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