Visual cultures of death in Central Europe : contemplation and commemoration in early modern Poland-Lithuania /

In Visual Cultures of Death in Central Europe , Aleksandra Koutny-Jones explores the emergence of a remarkable cultural preoccupation with death in Poland-Lithuania (1569-1795). Examining why such interests resonated so strongly in the Baroque art of this Commonwealth, she argues that the printing r...

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Main Author: Koutny-Jones, Aleksandra (Author)
Format: eBook
Published: Boston : Brill, 2015.
Series:Northern world ; v. 73.
Online Access:CONNECT
Table of Contents:
  • Visual Cultures of Death in Central Europe: Contemplation and Commemoration in Early Modern Poland-Lithuania; Copyright; Dedication; Contents; Acknowledgements; A Note on Proper Names; List of Maps and Figures; Glossary; Introduction: The Central European Age of Contemplation and Commemoration; 1: Frameworks for Visual Cultures of Death in Poland-Lithuania; Artistic Patronage in Poland-Lithuania; The Commonwealth and the Counter-Reformation; The Central European Printing Revolution; Plague and Warfare; Conclusion; 2: Death Personified: The Skeleton and the Printed Image.
  • Anatomical Treatises and the Melancholy DeathThe Triumph of Death; Allegories of Death: The Wheel of Death; Conclusion; 3: The Dance of Death in Central Europe: Indigenous Variations on a Familiar Theme; Dancing with Death in Medieval Western Europe and beyond; Performing the Dance of Death in Medieval Poland: Master Polikarpus's Dialogue with Death; Death and the Friars: The Role of the Observant Franciscans; Conclusion; 4: Triumphant Funerals: Ceremonial, Coffin Portraits and Catafalques; Processional Pomp: Heraldic Displays and the Theatre of Death.
  • Church Decorations and the Castrum DolorisCoffin Portraits: Images of the Spiritual body; Commemoration in Context: The Burials of the Opaliński Magnate Family; Conclusion; 5: Architectures and Landscapes of Death: Funerary Chapels and Jerusalem Sites; The Introduction of the Domed Chapel to Poland and Lithuania: Genesis and Symbolism; Central European Landscapes of Death: Jerusalem Sites; Decorating the Seventeenth-century Funerary Chapel: Sculpting the Passion and Personalising the Dance of Death; Conclusion; Conclusion.
  • Appendix: The Kraków Taniec śmierci (Dance of Death): Transcription and Translation of Textual CartouchesBibliography; Index.