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Dressing for heaven : religious clothing in Italy, 1215-1545 /
Cordelia Warr.
imprint
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2010.
description
xx, 263 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
ISBN
0719079837 (hbk.), 9780719079832 (hbk.)
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imprint
Manchester : Manchester University Press, 2010.
isbn
0719079837 (hbk.)
9780719079832 (hbk.)
catalogue key
7299502
 
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2011-07-01:
In her beautifully written and exquisitely illustrated book, art historian Warr (Univ. of Manchester, England) explores the wider meaning of dress within medieval society and examines clothing and its representations as liminal objects in the Middle Ages and Renaissance. As represented, described, and worn, clothing was laden with social and ritual meaning, serving as a repository and indicator of society's most dearly held beliefs. Warr concentrates on clothing in terms of salvation in a series of case studies from the Fourth Lateran Council (1215) to the Council of Trent (1545), when there was a significant change in how society understood clothing. Examining clothing and other textiles as a medium for representation, she begins with the Veil of Veronica, the Holy Mandylion, and the Virgin Mary's girdle and cloak to show how the power of a holy person can be transferred through cloth even after death. The relationship between clothing and salvation was central to the religious experience in medieval Italy, and Carr suggests ways to decode the visual and written descriptions of the Last Judgment and purgatory through an investigation of this relationship. A remarkable, beautifully done, prizeworthy achievement. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. J. M. B. Porter Butler University
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"an attractively produced and generously illustrated volume."
"It is a rich and fascinating topic, and one wonders that no one has thought to address it before."
"there is a wealth of fascinating information in this book."
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Summaries
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Through a series of case studies of Italian art from the 14th to the 16th century, this book explores the relationship of clothing to salvation.
Main Description
What do we wear after we die? Do we need clothing in the afterlife? If we do have clothing will these clothes bear any relationship to those which we own and wear in this life? Can clothing move between the mortal and immortal worlds? What messages does clothing convey about heaven or hell? These questions may appear trivial, simplistic or just superficial when placed against debates about identity and the resurrection of the body. Yet for those struggling to understand and explain the relationship between the mortal and immortal worlds, dress and bodily adornment represented a means through which reward and punishment after death could be earned, as well as illustrated and explored, something which is testified to in numerous textual and visual sources.Through a series of case studies of Italian art from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, Dressing for heaven explores the relationship of clothing to salvation.
Main Description
What do we wear after we die? Do we need clothing in the afterlife? If we do have clothing will these clothes bear any relationship to those which we own and wear in this life? Can clothing move between the mortal and immortal worlds? What messages does clothing convey about heaven or hell? These questions may appear trivial, simplistic or just superficial when placed against debates about identity and the resurrection of the body. Yet for those struggling to understand and explain the relationship between the mortal and immortal worlds, dress and bodily adornment represented a means through which reward and punishment after death could be earned, as well as illustrated and explored, something which is testified to in numerous textual and visual sources. Through a series of case studies of Italian art from the fourteenth to the sixteenth century, Dressing for Heaven explore the relationship of clothing to salvation.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction
Written on clothes / written in clothes
Clothing the Virgin: art, relics and power in Prato
Men and religious clothing: symbolism, vows and recognition:
Religious habits and visual propaganda: the vision of the Blessed Reginald of Orléans
Franciscans and Carmelites
Hermits, habits and history: the dress of the Augustinian hermits
Women and religious clothing: dressing the part:
âÇ Naked and ye clothed meâÇÖ: Saint Catherine of Siena, clothing and visionary experience
Clothing as salvation: the life and representation of Santa Francesca Romana
Women, weaving and salvation: the allegory of the afterlife in San Michele, Paganico
Dressing for eternity: visual and literary accounts of clothing for the end of time
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