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Title:Late Byzantine Liturgical Vestments and the Iconography of Sacerdotal Power
Author(s):Woodfin, Warren Theriot
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Maguire, Henry
Department / Program:Art History
Discipline:Art History
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):History, Church
Abstract:Previous scholars have argued that the Orthodox clergy actively borrowed elements from the dress of the emperor and his court in the late Byzantine period. I argue that, in addition, the decoration of liturgical vestments adapts the hierarchical code of imperial imagery used on court costume. Byzantine court officials wore garments bearing imperial portraits, symbolic emblems, and particular colors to signify the power vested in them by the emperor. Without exactly paralleling the court garments, late Byzantine liturgical vestments bore analogous decoration that established a symbolic hierarchy dependent on Christ rather than the emperor as its head.
Issue Date:2002
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:326 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/87365
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3044262
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-28
Date Deposited:2002


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