Augustine Imagined

Eric Saak

in Creating Augustine

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646388
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949960 | DOI:
Augustine Imagined

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This chapter charts the influence of the ‘new Augustine’ as created by the Augustinian Hermits in the iconography of the Later Middle Ages, as well as the relationship between the textual and graphic images. The textual preceded the graphic, yet both combined in the hermeneutical imagining of Augustine. The Metrum pro depingenda vita Sancti Augustini of Jordan of Quedlinburg is the earliest text we have that explicitly proposes a textual and graphic programme for representing Augustine’s life, thus making a significant contribution to late medieval knowledge technology. Eight life cycles of Augustine are treated to distinguish the specific portrayal of Augustine influenced by the ‘Myth of Augustine’ from the general late medieval reception of Augustine.

Keywords: hermeneutics; iconography; images; Jordan of Quedlinburg; knowledge technology; Augustine life cycles; Myth of Augustine; textual images

Chapter.  22436 words. 

Subjects: History of Christianity

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