Pentecost in the Codex Egberti (c. 980) and the Benedictional of Archbishop Robert (late tenth century) : the visual medium and the senses

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Seslání Ducha svatého v Codexu Egberti (cca 980) a v Benedikcionálu Roberta z Jumieges (konec 10. století) : vizuální médium a jeho smyslové vnímání
Author: Baert, Barbara
Arblaster, Paul (Translator)
Source document: Convivium. 2014, vol. 1, iss. 2, pp. 102-117
  • ISSN
    2336-3452 (print)
    2336-808X (online)
Type: Article
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As depictions of the Holy Spirit appearing to Christ's followers and filling them with speech, images of Pentecost engage critical themes in medieval visual culture : the relationship between image and epigraph (titulus), and the visualization of ruach (pneuma, spiritus) and the senses. This article examines two miniatures of Pentecost in Ottonian manuscripts, the Codex Egberti (ca. 980) and the Benedictional of Archbishop Robert (late tenth century). These case studies show two differing visual interpretations of Pentecost in the context of the Ottonian debate concerning "spiritual seeing" and demonstrate the ways that artists invoked the senses other than sight in order to create images of mystical experience.
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  • This research was made possible in the framework of the research project by Prof. Dr. Johan Leemans (KU Leuven), Preaching after Easter: Festal sermons on Ascension and Pentecost in late antique Christianity.