Publication – Ingrid Falque, « Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Experience in Early Netherlandish Painting »

In Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Experience Ingrid Falque analyses the meditative functions of early Netherlandish paintings including devotional portraits, that is portraits of people kneeling in prayer. Such paintings have been mainly studied in the context of commemorative and social practices, but as Ingrid Falque shows, they also served as devotional instruments.

By drawing parallels between the visual strategies of these paintings and texts of the major spiritual writers of the medieval Low Countries, she demonstrates that paintings with devotional portraits functioned as a visualisation of the spiritual process of the sitters. The books is accompanied by the first exhaustive catalogue of paintings with devotional portraits produced in the Low Countries between c. 1400 and 1550 (in a e-format).

Ingrid Falque, PhD. (2009), Université catholique de Louvain, is Research Associate of the F.R.S.-FNRS. She is an art historian and has published numerous articles on the various relationships between late medieval images and spirituality in journals (e.g. Speculum, Revue d’histoire ecclésiastique) and edited volumes.

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Table des matières :

Acknowledgements
List of Figures and Graph
Abbreviations
Note to the Reader

Introduction

1 Ora pro me: The Forms and Locations of Devotional Portraits in Early Netherlandish Painting
From the Outside to the Inside: The Location of Portraits within the Physical Spaces of the Work

2. Via ad Deum: Devotional Portraiture and the Spiritual Journey
Spiritual Progress and the Meditative Process in the Medieval Religious Tradition
The Devotee on the Path
The Goal of the Spiritual Journey and the Status of the Sacred Space

3 Ascensiones in corde disposuit: Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Ascent
Mise en Mots and Mise en Image of the Spiritual Ascent in the Medieval Spiritual Tradition
The Theme of the Spiritual Ascent in Devotional Literature of the Low Countries in the Late Middle Ages
Mise en Image of the Spiritual Ascent in Early Netherlandish Painting
Petrus Christus’ Exeter Madonna, an Emblematic Case of Spiritual Ascent
The Diptych of Lodovico Portinari and the Visualisation of the Meditative Process

4. Eene vergaderinghe van twee personen die comen van diverschen staden: Devotional Portraiture, Union with God and Spiritual Perfection
The Outcome of the Contemplative Process: Spiritual Perfection, Union with God and the Ghemeine Leven
Devotional Portraiture and the Visualisation of Spiritual Perfection
The Van der Burch Triptych of Jan Provoost, an Exemplary Image of Spiritual Perfection

5. In spiritualem quandam armoniam: Devotional Portraiture and the Role of Images in the Meditative Process
The Place of Images in Late Medieval Meditative Theory and Practices
Geert Grote’s Tractatus de Quattuor Generibus Meditabilium, the Ghemeine Leven and the Status of Images

Conclusions
Bibliography

Informations pratiques :

Ingrid Falque, Devotional Portraiture and Spiritual Experience in Early Netherlandish Painting, Brill, 2019 (Brill’s Studies in Intellectual History). ISBN: 978-90-04-39760-6. Prix : 124 euros.

Source : Brill

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