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Vortrag Herbert L. Kessler



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Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Vortragsraum 242, II. OG, Katharina-von-Bora-Straße 10, 80333 München

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Old Testament Realia and Christian Spiritualia on the Eleventh-Century Salerno Ivories

In Kooperation mit der Internationalen Nachwuchsforschergruppe "Vormoderne Objekte. Eine Archäologie der Erfahrung" (Elitenetzwerk Bayern) am Institut für Kunstgeschichte der Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität.

This paper hopes to demonstrate how small details brilliantly carved in the eleventh-century ivories in the Museo Diocesano in Salerno differentiate events from Christ’s life from those based on Hebrew Scripture. Reifying St. Jerome’s assertion that “the types of the Old Testament establish the truth of the Gospels”, the ivories thus use realia to distinguish episodes meant to be read as prophecy from those designed to engage viewers in a “true” vision of God incarnate.

Prof. Dr. Herbert L. Kessler
is Professor of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. An elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the Medieval Academy of America, he has published some 150 articles and reviews and is author or editor of fifteen books, among them: The Illustrated Bibles from Tours (1977); (with Kurt Weitzmann) The Cotton Genesis (1986); (with Kurt Weitzmann) The Frescoes of the Dura Synagogue and Christian Art (1990); (with Paul E. Dutton) The Poetry and Paintings in the First Bible of Charles the Bald (1997); (with Johanna Zacharias) Rome 1300: On the Path of the Pilgrim (2000); Seeing Medieval Art (2004); and Neither God nor Man. Texts, Pictures, and the Anxiety of Medieval Art (2007).