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The Art of Healing: Painting for the Sick and the Sinner in a Medieval Town

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Many historians of medieval art now look beyond soaring cathedrals to study the relationship of architecture and image-making to life in medieval society. This book explores the interplay between church decoration and ritual practice in caring for the sick - bridging cultural anthropology and the social history of medicine - and aiming to expand our understanding of how clergy employed mural painting to cure body and soul. Looking closely at paintings from ca. 1200 in the church of Saint Aignan-sur-Cher, a castle town in Central France, Kupfer traces their links to burial practices, the veneration of saints, and the care of the sick in nearby hospitals. Through careful analysis of the surrounding agrarian landscape, dotted with cults targeting specific afflictions - especially ergotism - Kupfer sheds light on the role of wall painting in an ecclesiastical economy of healing and redemption. Sickness and death, she argues, hold the key to understanding the dynamics of the Christian community in the Middle Ages.

Condition: Small tear to top of dust jacket. Stain on bottom edge of textblock. Sound binding and crisp, clean pages.

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Author(s):
Kupfer, Marcia
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0271023031
ISBN-13:
9780271023038
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Pennsylvania State University Press
Title:
The Art of Healing: Painting for the Sick and the Sinner in a Medieval Town

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Many historians of medieval art now look beyond soaring cathedrals to study the relationship of architecture and image-making to life in medieval society. This book explores the interplay between church decoration and ritual practice in caring for the sick - bridging cultural anthropology and the social history of medicine - and aiming to expand our understanding of how clergy employed mural painting to cure body and soul. Looking closely at paintings from ca. 1200 in the church of Saint Aignan-sur-Cher, a castle town in Central France, Kupfer traces their links to burial practices, the veneration of saints, and the care of the sick in nearby hospitals. Through careful analysis of the surrounding agrarian landscape, dotted with cults targeting specific afflictions - especially ergotism - Kupfer sheds light on the role of wall painting in an ecclesiastical economy of healing and redemption. Sickness and death, she argues, hold the key to understanding the dynamics of the Christian community in the Middle Ages.

Condition: Small tear to top of dust jacket. Stain on bottom edge of textblock. Sound binding and crisp, clean pages.

Author(s):
Kupfer, Marcia
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
8vo
Edition:
2003
Format:
Hardback
ISBN-10:
0271023031
ISBN-13:
9780271023038
Number of pages:
242
Publisher:
Pennsylvania State University Press
Title:
The Art of Healing: Painting for the Sick and the Sinner in a Medieval Town

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