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  • Record Number: 3639
  • Author(s)/Creator(s): Gerát , Ivan.
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  • Title: Dei saturitas. St. Elizabeth's Works of Mercy in the Medieval Pictorial Narrative ["In this article, I examine a significant and unknown part of the pictorial tradition that surrounds St. Elizabeth in Central Europe and concentrate, in particular, on one group of scenes which can be generally referred to as her works of mercy. The significant questions of identity and differences within this group are analyzed. Some aspcts of these scenes changed very subtly; I evaluate these differences in relation to their historical context and consider how they reflected the development of liturgical and devotional practices. The main focus of this paper, however, is an evaluation of the theory that pictorial images of St. Elizabeth may be in imitation of those representing Christ." Page 168.].
  • Source: Insights and Interpretations: Studies in Celebrations of the Eighty-Fifth Anniversary of the Index of Christian Art.  Edited by Colum Hourihane.  Index of Christian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University in association with Princeton University Press, 2002.  Pages 168 - 181.
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  • Article Type: Essay
  • Subject (See Also): Art History- General Corporal Works of Mercy in Art Elizabeth of Hungary, Saint Hagiography Iconography Jesus Christ- Imitation of in Art
  • Geographic Area: Eastern Europe
  • Century: 15
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  • Illustrations: Nine figures. Figure One Scenes from the life of St. Elizabeth, stained glass window (Marburg, Church of St. Elizabeth). Figure Two St. Elizabeth caring for the poor, metalwork (Marburg, Church of St. Elizabeth, shrine of St. Elizabeth). Figure Three Bernt Notke (or workshop), St. Elizabeth washing the feet of the poor (Talinn, Altar of St. Elizabeth). Figure Four Scenes from the life of St. Elizabeth, sculpture (Kosice, Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, North portal). Figure Five Scenes from the life of St. Elizabeth, sculpture (Kosice, Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, North portal). Figure Six St. Elizabeth caring for the sick, stained-glass window (Marburg, Church of St. Elizabeth). Figure Seven Vision of St. Elizabeth in a hospital, painting (Kosice, Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, Main altar). Figure Eight St. Elizabeth clothing the poor, painting (Frankfurt, Staedel Collection, Altarpiece from Altenberg). Figure Nine An old woman pushes St. Elizabet into the mud, painting (Kosice, Cathedral of St. Elizabeth, Main altar).
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  • Author's Affiliation: Institute of Art History, Bratislava
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  • Year of Publication: 2002.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN/ISBN: 0691099901
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