The Resource The iconography of the Mouth of hell : eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century, Gary D. Schmidt

The iconography of the Mouth of hell : eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century, Gary D. Schmidt

Label
The iconography of the Mouth of hell : eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century
Title
The iconography of the Mouth of hell
Title remainder
eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century
Statement of responsibility
Gary D. Schmidt
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When the Benedictine Reform movement reached Britain in the ninth century, it brought with it not only monastic reform, but also an enthusiasm for the arts as a way of broadening the appeal of the Christian message. While one aspect of this emphasis was the decoration of the church in order to create a place whose beauty suited the beauty of God, another was the creation of images that were readily accessible to a populace that depended upon oral and visual texts. The mouth of hell, which medievalist Gary D. Schmidt describes in this volume, was one such image, created in order to express vividly and dramatically the abstract concept of spiritual damnation." "The mouth of hell combined several different images, drawn from several different traditions that were still active in Anglo-Saxon culture. The leonine features of the mouth were drawn from Scriptural imagery, while the dragon-like aspects were combined from both the Scriptures and Anglo-Saxon visions of the draco. The notion of being swallowed into hell, ultimately drawn from the imagery of the Psalms, was linked to the activities of the dragon, which swallowed souls into torment. The hell mouth was an almost perfect coalescence of these very diverse images." "Painted on church walls, crafted into manuscript illuminations, and sculpted on friezes, the mouth of hell was a lively, dramatic form, occurring in many different guises and with remarkably different emphases. The mouth could function as a leveller of society as monks, bishops, kings, and peasants alike marched into it. It could function as a torment itself, holding within its jaws a red-hot cauldron in which the damned simmer. It could become decorative, as artists began to multiply the mouth so that mouths appeared inside each other, suggesting torment upon torment." "When these functions came together in medieval drama, they combined to form a lively, ribald, and rowdy seat for dramatic action."--Jacket
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Schmidt, Gary D
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
NX650.M68
LC item number
S36 1995
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Mouth of hell in art
  • Christian art and symbolism
  • Arts, European
  • Iconografie
  • Hel
  • Arts, European
  • Christian art and symbolism
  • Mouth of hell in art
  • Europe
Label
The iconography of the Mouth of hell : eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century, Gary D. Schmidt
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-228) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Shift to the Public Domain: The Hell Mouth in the Visual Arts
  • 6.
  • The Hell Mouth as a Stage Convention
  • Conclusion: The Hell Mouth after the Medieval Period
  • 1.
  • The Monastic Revival and the Formation of the Hell Mouth Image
  • 2.
  • The Hell Mouth and Scriptural Imagery
  • 3.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Hell Mouth and Its Devotional Uses
  • 4.
  • The Shift to the Public Domain: The Hell Mouth in Visionary and Exhortatory Texts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780945636694
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94036349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31287822
  • (OCoLC)ocm31287822
Label
The iconography of the Mouth of hell : eighth-century Britain to the fifteenth century, Gary D. Schmidt
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (p. 217-228) and indexes
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 5.
  • The Shift to the Public Domain: The Hell Mouth in the Visual Arts
  • 6.
  • The Hell Mouth as a Stage Convention
  • Conclusion: The Hell Mouth after the Medieval Period
  • 1.
  • The Monastic Revival and the Formation of the Hell Mouth Image
  • 2.
  • The Hell Mouth and Scriptural Imagery
  • 3.
  • The Anglo-Saxon Hell Mouth and Its Devotional Uses
  • 4.
  • The Shift to the Public Domain: The Hell Mouth in Visionary and Exhortatory Texts
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780945636694
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
94036349
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)31287822
  • (OCoLC)ocm31287822

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