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Early Christian chapels in the west : decoration, function and patronage /
Gillian Mackie.
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
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xx, 378 p., [96] p. of plates : ill., plans ; 24 cm.
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0802035043 :
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Toronto : University of Toronto Press, c2003.
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0802035043 :
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4792392
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [263]-367) and index.
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Chapels were among the important types of buildings that evolved during the first four centuries of organised Christianity in the West. They were originally developed in connection with the cult of the saints, commemorating both their gravesites and their places of martyrdom. But the chapels rapidly found other uses among the ever-expanding Christian population as places of prayer and pilgrimage, and were chosen by the faithful for their own burial beside the saints. With little in the way of contemporary written records, the decorative programme of each chapel is now often the only way to determine the function, patronage, and meaning of the building. Gillian Mackie examines the decorative schemes of the surviving chapels built in Italy and Istria from AD312-740 in the context of numerous chapels known from archaeological sites or from later medieval texts. Using the decoration as the primary source of evidence on the buildings' use and meaning, this survey includes chapels, imperial mausolea, and the oratories of the popes and bishops, from Rome, Milan, Ravenna, and the smaller centres of the upper Adriatic. The author begins with an overview of the various types, and then discusses several of the most complete monuments in considerable detail. Unique in its scope and approach, Mackie's survey of the functional context of early medieval chapels is the most complete work ever published in its field and will be an important reference work for anyone interested in medieval art and architecture.
Description for Reader
Chapels were among the important types of buildings that evolved during the first four centuries of organised Christianity in the West. They were originally developed in connection with the cult of the saints, commemorating both their gravesites and their places of martyrdom. But the chapels rapidly found other uses among the ever-expanding Christian population as places of prayer and pilgrimage, and were chosen by the faithful for their own burial beside the saints.With little in the way of contemporary written records, the decorative programme of each chapel is now often the only way to determine the function, patronage, and meaning of the building. Gillian Mackie examines the decorative schemes of the surviving chapels built in Italy and Istria from AD312-740 in the context of numerous chapels known from archaeological sites or from later medieval texts. Using the decoration as the primary source of evidence on the buildings' use and meaning, this survey includes chapels, imperial mausolea, and the oratories of the popes and bishops, from Rome, Milan, Ravenna, and the smaller centres of the upper Adriatic. The author begins with an overview of the various types, and then discusses several of the most complete monuments in considerable detail. Unique in its scope and approach, Mackie's survey of the functional context of early medieval chapels is the most complete work ever published in its field and will be an important reference work for anyone interested in medieval art and architecture.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Origins, Semantics, and Functions of the Early Christian Chapelp. 3
The Context of the Chapels in Italy and Istria: History, Archaeology, and Topographyp. 9
Martyr Shrine to Funerary Chapelp. 11
The Mausolea of the Imperial Family in the Westp. 53
The Domestic Oratory: A Miragep. 61
Chapels within the Confines of Churches: A Late Developmentp. 69
The Survivors: Iconography and Meaningp. 91
A Sole Survivor: The Chapel of the Archbishops of Ravennap. 104
Commemoration of the Dead: S. Vittore in Ciel D'Oro, Milan, and the S. Matrona Chapel at S. Priscop. 116
Mausolea of the Rulers in the Westp. 144
Papal Chapels: The Chapels of Pope Hilarus at the Lateran Baptistery, Romep. 195
A Collective Funerary Martyrium: The S. Venanzio Chapel, Romep. 212
The Chapel Revisited: A Synthesisp. 231
A Short Catalogue of Chapels Mentioned in This Bookp. 243
Notesp. 263
Bibliographyp. 339
Indexp. 369
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