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- DescriptionIn the Christian art of western Europe images survive from as early as the sixth century that show figures of founders or dors bearing a model of the building they caused to be constructed, revated or embellished. Previous studies have tended to turn on the question of how accurately these models represent the buildings they were intended to portray. But the dors' model cant be explained exclusively by comparison with its built equivalent. The sculptors, goldsmiths, minters, mosaicists, painters, weavers and sealmakers who created these little buildings were t always aiming to produce a straightforward likeness of the edifice in question but rather to represent its significance. The dor's model could underline the function or symbolic importance of a building or be an expression of support for a particular ruler. It could document real or fictive family ties, validate a patron's position or enhance his prestige. It could operate as a policy statement by lords temporal and spiritual, be deployed as a weapon in ecclesiastical rivalries, or serve as a visual charter to underpin the lawfulness and legality of gifted privileges, properties and possessions. Compressed Meanings approaches the dor's model primarily as part of an icographic tradition whose origins can shed light on the message the model-bearers and their models were intended to convey. Emanuel Klinkenberg studied history of art at Leiden University (Netherlands), where he received his Ph.D cum laude in 2006. His research interests cover medieval European art and its relationship with architecture and theology.
- Author(s)Emanuel S Klinkenberg
- PublisherBrepols N.V.
- Date of Publication26/05/2009
- FormatPaperback / softback
- Series TitleArchitectura Medii Aevi
- Series Part/Volume Number02
- Place of PublicationTurnhout
- Country of PublicationBelgium
- ImprintBrepols N.V.
- Content Notefigures
- Weight1157 g
- Width221 mm
- Height279 mm
- Spine20 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US),Sewn
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