Augustine Beyond the Book: Intermediality, Transmediality by Karla Pollmann, Meredith J. Gill

By Karla Pollmann, Meredith J. Gill

Augustine of Hippo (354-430) is arguably the main influential philosopher and Latin writer of the Early Christian interval. His frequent legacy has been explored thus far merely partly, and principally with appreciate to his textual reception. This interdisciplinary quantity makes an attempt to redress this emphasis with a suite of analyses of Augustine's effect within the visible arts, drama, devotional practices, tune, the science-faith debate and psychotherapy. The incorporated experiences hint elaborate and infrequently amazing cases of Augustine's ubiquitous presence in highbrow, non secular and creative phrases. the result's a much more differentiated and dynamic photo of the mechanisms during which the legacy of an old determine might be perpetuated, together with the occasionally supra-rational and resourceful dimensions of transmission.

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The scene can first be found in the Gozzoli cycle from 1464, see Ahl, ‘Benozzo Gozzoli: The Life of Saint Augustine’ (see above, n. 35), p. 367, and Roland Kany, ‘Child legend’, in, The Oxford Guide to the Historical Reception of Augustine, ed. Karla Pollmann et al. (Oxford, forthcoming). 56 In Gozzoli, when Augustine presents the Hermits with his Regula, there is a monk in white standing in the background. There it is more likely that he is a novice of the Order of the Hermits. 5), namely healing a farmer from illness from his deathbed.

Operating on the assumption that around 80% of all information is absorbed through the eyes one would expect the visual arts to be a particularly prominent medium through which to convey, create or endorse authority, or, more precisely, to convey a certain concept of it. For earlier periods of time this mode of negotiating authority seems to have been even more urgent due to the greater presence of illiteracy. In the following, we will investigate some implications and consequences of visualizing an authoritative figure in three case-studies that have been selected because of their distinct generic and historical differences, their wide chronological spread, and the fact that the latter two have so far never received significant scholarly attention.

Art and authority 17 i­ ntervention. Societies and human individuals, in general, are constantly subjected to the paradox of the need for authority, on the one hand, and its questioning on the other. Authority can be observed in all areas of society and is also present in or through all media, including art. Operating on the assumption that around 80% of all information is absorbed through the eyes one would expect the visual arts to be a particularly prominent medium through which to convey, create or endorse authority, or, more precisely, to convey a certain concept of it.

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