Fountains of paradise in early Byzantine art, homilies and hymns

Shilling, Brooke (2016) Fountains of paradise in early Byzantine art, homilies and hymns. In: Fountains and water culture in Byzantium. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 208-228. ISBN 9781107105997

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This chapter investigates the theme of the fountain of Paradise in early Byzantine art with attention to problems of identification. After considering a variety of images and their essential characteristics in part one, the second part of the chapter explores the allegorical complexity of the theme in a single monument, the apse mosaic of the Virgin and Child at Kiti in Cyprus. Metaphors of nature and water in early Byzantine homilies and hymns serve to contextualise the fountain of Paradise at Kiti.

Keywords:Byzantine mosaics, Fountains
Subjects:V Historical and Philosophical studies > V120 Byzantine History
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V350 History of Art
Divisions:College of Arts > School of History & Heritage > School of History & Heritage (History)
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ID Code:24334
Deposited On:29 Sep 2016 11:29

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