In The Footsteps Of Christ: Hans Memling's Passion Narratives And The Devotional Imagination In The Early Modern Netherlands (Proteus)

In The Footsteps Of Christ: Hans Memling's Passion Narratives And The Devotional Imagination In The Early Modern Netherlands (Proteus)

In the Footsteps of Christ: Hans Memling's Passion Narratives and the Devotional Imagination in the Early Modern Netherlands (Proteus)

Hans Memling's Scenes from the Passion of Christ leads the viewer on a long and arduous journey in the space of just under a metre. The panel presents a 'continuous narrative' on a grand scale, offering roughly two-dozen individual episodes from the last week of Christ's life. These scenes are represented in a single contiguous cityscape and the surrounding countryside, and viewers would have followed the narrative recounted across the panel, following the action from station to station along painted roads and pathways, through gateways and portals and implied passageways as pedestrians in their imaginations. This study considers the intersections between narrative art and a range of devotional practices current in the late Middle Ages and early modern period. This body of practices stood in a symbiotic relationship with the visual imagery, informing viewers' interaction with images, which in turn affected their understanding of these other practices. In other words, these images must be understood as part of a broader tradition of ritual and symbolic life. As such, the study offers a valuable re-evaluation of Memling and his art within the...

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