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The liturgy of love :; images from the Song of Songs in the art of Cimabue, Michelangelo and Rembrandt

Lavin, Marilyn Aronberg; Lavin, Irving

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ISBN 10: 091368936X / ISBN 13: 9780913689363
Published by Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas, 2001
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Quarto in blue DJ in brodart; xx, 159 p, b&w illus (some color) ; 27 cm. Contents: Introduction : love in the "Canticum canticorum" -- Cimabue's life of Mary : mother and bride. The cycle at Assisi ; The Assumption of the virgin ; Narrative and theology ; The politics of the Liturgy of love -- Michelangelo's Medici Madonna : spouse and son. Prolepsis ; Prevarication ; Seat of wisdom ; Bundle of myrrh ; Time ; Ravished to heaven ; Perpetual praise ; Gentle yoke -- Rembrandt's Jewish bride : sister and spouse. Isaac and Rebecca : the chosen people ; The Garden of love ; Marriage made in heaven ; Venus Pudica ; Jan van Eyck ; The Song of songs as social intercourse. || Love; Art; History. Faintly scratched original DJ, little wear to spine foot, very gently bumped corners, edge of front board slightly worn, bright pages; tight binding. Very good+ in very good+ DJ. First edition (presumed; no earlier dates stated). Bookseller Inventory # 79701

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Title: The liturgy of love :; images from the Song ...

Publisher: Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Publication Date: 2001

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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Three essays explore three great masterworks of European art that visualize the relationship between spiritual and physical love expressed passionately and graphically in the biblical Song of Songs. Marilyn Aronberg Lavin writes on Cimabue's vast fresco cycle of the Virgin in the apse of San Francesco in Assisi, at the threshold of the Renaissance, where the Franciscan belief in the bodily Assumption is couched in terms of the Old Testament love poem. Irving Lavin demonstrates how the invocation of love in the Song of Songs molded the form of Michelangelo's Medici Madonna as well as his concept for the entire design and meaning of the Medici mortuary chapel in San Lorenzo, Florence. Writing together, the Lavins reveal the generative power of biblical fulfillment in Rembrandt's famous portrayal of a loving couple, called The Jewish Bride.

Marilyn Aronberg Lavin is known for her fundamental work on the history of mural decoration in the churches of Italy, and is the recipient of the coveted Morey Award for Distinguished Scholarship from the College Art Association. Irving Lavin, Professor in the School of Historical Studies, Institute of Advanced Study, Princeton, NJ, is best known for his work on the Italian Baroque sculpture Gianlorenzo Bernini, but his publications range over a wide span of Western art, from Late Antiquity to Jackson Pollock.

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Marilyn Aronberg Lavin has been a visiting professor at Princeton University since 1975. Irving Lavin holds the chair in art history at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey.

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