Visual constructs of Jerusalem

Bianca Kühnel (Editor), Galit Noga-Banai (Editor), Hanna Vorholt (Editor)

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This volume marks a turning point in demonstrating the visuality of Jerusalem as a rich reservoir of sources and insights in dialogue with other disciplines. The special position of Jerusalem among the cities of the world stems from a long history shared by the three Abrahamic religions, and the belief that the city reflected a heavenly counterpart. Because of this unique combination, Jerusalem is generally seen as extending along a vertical axis stretching between past, present, and future. However, through its many ‘earthly’ representations, Jerusalem has an equally important horizontal dimension: it is represented elsewhere in all media, from two-dimensional maps to monumental renderings of the architecture and topography of the city’s loca sancta. In documenting the increasing emphasis on studying the earthly proliferations of the city, the current book witnesses a shift in theoretical and methodological insights since the publication of The Real and Ideal Jerusalem in Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Art in 1998. Its main focus is on European translations of Jerusalem in images, objects, places, and spaces that evoke the city through some physical similarity or by denomination and cult - all visual and material aids to commemoration and worship from afar. The book discusses both well-known and long-neglected examples, the forms of cult they generate and the virtual pilgrimages they serve, and calls attention to their written and visual equivalents and companions. In so doing, it opens a whole new vista onto the summa of representations of Jerusalem. -- -- Publisher's website.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationTurnhout
Number of pages490
ISBN (Print)2503551041, 9782503551043
StatePublished - 2014

Publication series

NameCultural encounters in late antiquity and the Middle Age
Volumevolume 18

Bibliographical note

Based on a conference of the same name held in Jerusalem in November 2010.


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