Fluid flesh : the body, religion and the visual arts /
edited by Barbara Baert.
Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, c2009.
xvi, 125 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
9058677168, 9789058677167
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Leuven, Belgium : Leuven University Press, c2009.
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Proceedings of a conference held at the Lieven Gevaert Research Centre for Photography and Visual Studies.
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Includes bibliographical references.
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Author Affiliation
Barbara Baert is Professor in Medieval Art and Iconology at the K.U.Leuven. She is the founder of the Iconology Research Group, Leuven-Utrecht (
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How do we relate the body we have and the bodies we see to the mind, or to the soul? Fluid Flesh addresses the relationship between the body, religion, and the visual arts, which is one of both love and tension. Are we able (and allowed) to think of the divine in a corporeal way? Isn't artistic expression, which originated from both the human mind and body, intrinsically a bodily matter? Featuring an introduction from James Elkins, Fluid Flesh covers an array of topics including the visual as a spiritual medium today; iconophilia and iconoclasm in the past and present; the human body, religion and contemporary lifestyles; and premodern and postmodern perspectives on anatomy and the visual arts. Several authors address the presentation of the human form in Christian art and ask whether the body may be present in religious art even without figuration. The authors highlight the intertwined and powerful roles of both the image and the body within a contemporary culture that has seemingly devalued language (in favor of the image) and has renewed a "sinful" conception of the body as in constant need of improvement.
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Are we able (and allowed) to think of the divine in a corporeal way? Isn't artistic expression, which originated from both the human mind and body, intrinsically a bodily matter? This publication is the result of the symposium 'The Human Body: Religion and the Visual Arts', hosted by K.U.Leuven's Lieven Gevaert Centre in 2006 (
Table of Contents
Prefacep. vii
Introduction: Liquid Thoughts on the Body and Religionp. ix
The Visual as a Spiritual Medium Today
When the Body Speaks Louder than Words: The Image of the Body as a Figure of the Unknownp. 3
The Space, the Wound, the Body, and the (Im)possibility of Religious Artp. 25
Iconophilia / Iconoclasm: Pro-Body / Anti-Body
Icon of God: Is Christian Art Possible Without the Figure?p. 35
Body as Image, Image as Body: The Christian Roots of an Anthropology of Artp. 57
The Human Body, Religion and Contemporary Lifestyles
Cult, Culture and Ambivalence: Images and Imaginations of the Body in Christian Traditions and Contemporary Lifestylesp. 67
Women Figured in (Post-)Christianity and in Today's Feminine Spiritualityp. 83
Premodern and Postmodern Perspectives on Anatomy and the Visual Arts
Cynical Vanity or Fons Vitae: Anatomical Relics in Premodern and Contemporary Artp. 89
The Missing Sex: Absence and Presence of a Female Body Part in the Visual Artsp. 107
Notes on the Authorsp. 123
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