IMAGO HOMINIS. STUDIES IN THE LANGUAGE OF ART
Moshe Barasch

1991
222 × 290 mm, 292 pages
182 b&w illustrations
clothbound, with jacket
ISBN 3-900731-17-9

Jacket illustration : St. John the Evangelist, illumination, detail of the Initial to the Prologue of John’s Gospel, representing the “Verbum apud Dominum”, St. John’s eagle, and the four rivers of the Paradise (Bible of Saint-Bénigne, first quarter of the 12th century; Dijon, Bibliothèque Municipale, Ms. 2, fol. 442v).

These important studies by the Israeli art historian Moshe Barasch (1920-2004) deal with the image of the human figure from antiquity to the twentieth century. They show how in all cultures this image was conceived as being not the mere information of nature, but the reflection of cultural traditions and the religious vision of its creators.

 

CONTENTS

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
PART I: THE FACE
THE FRONTAL ICON: A GENRE IN CHRISTIAN ART
CHARACTER AND PHYSIOGNOMY: BOCCHI ON DONATELLO'S ST. GEORGE, A RENAISSANCE TEXT ON EXPRESSION IN ART
THE MASK IN EUROPEAN ART: MEANINGS AND FUNCTIONS
THE TRAGIC FACE: THE CLASSICAL MASK OF THE TRAGIC HERO, AND EXPRESSION OF CHARACTER AND EMOTION IN RENAISSANCE ART
A SILENUS SURVIVING IN NICOLA PISANO
THE CRYING FACE
THE FACE OF EVIL: ON THE AFTERLIFE OF THE CLASSICAL THEATER MASK
THE RULING AND THE SUFFERING CHRIST: PHYSIOGNOMIC TYPOLOGY ON JUSTINIAN COINS
PART II: BODY, MOVEMENT, AND COLOR
“PATHOS FORMULAE”: SOME REFLECTIONS ON THE STRUCTURE OF A CONCEPT
ICONS OF THE INVISIBLE: REFLECTIONS ON EARLY IMAGES OF CHRIST
GIOTTO’S SATAN
THE TOSSED-BACK HEAD: THE AMBIGUITY OF A GESTURE IN RENAISSANCE ART
ANIMAL METAPHORS OF THE MESSIANIC AGE: SOME ANCIENT JEWISH IMAGERY
RENAISSANCE COLOR CONVENTIONS: LITURGY, HUMANISM, WORKSHOPS
PART III: THE RULER
THE DAVID MOSAIC OF GAZA
AN UNKNOWN WORK OF MEDIEVAL SCULPTURE IN ACRE
THE RULER IN RENAISSANCE ART
FOOTNOTES TO THE TEXT
LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
ORIGINAL PLACES OF PUBLICATION
INDEX