Publication – « Icons of Sound. Voice, Architecture, and Imagination in Medieval Art », dir. Bissera V. Pentcheva

Icons of Sound: Voice, Architecture, and Imagination in Medieval Art brings together art history and sound studies to offer new perspectives on medieval churches and cathedrals as spaces where the perception of the visual is inherently shaped by sound. The chapters encompass a wide geographic and historical range, from the fifth to the fifteenth century, and from Armenia and Byzantium to Venice, Rome, and Santiago de Compostela. Contributors offer nuanced explorations of the intangible sonic aura produced in these places by the ritual music and harness the use of digital technology to reconstruct historical aural environments.

Rooted in a decade-long interdisciplinary research project at Stanford University, Icons of Sound expands our understanding of the inherently intertwined relationship between medieval chant and liturgy, the acoustics of architectural spaces, and their visual aesthetics. Together, the contributors provide insights that are relevant across art history, sound studies, musicology, and medieval studies.

Table des matières :

Introduction – Bissera V. Pentcheva

1. Singing Doors: Images, Space, and Sound in the Santa Sabina Narthex – Ivan Foletti
2. Sights and Sounds of the Armenian Night Office, as Performed at Ani: A Collation of the Archaeological, Historical, and Liturgical Evidence – Christina Maranci
3. The Glittering Sound of Hagia Sophia and the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in Constantinople – Bissera V. Pentcheva
4. Transcendent Visions: Voice and Icon in the Byzantine Imperial Chapels – Bissera V. Pentcheva
5. Echoes and Silences of Liturgy: Liturgical Inscriptions and the Temporality of Medieval Rituals – Vincent Debiais
6. Sound, Space, and Sensory Perception: The Easter Mass in the Liturgy of San Marco, Venice – Deborah Howard
7. The Marble Tempest: Material Imagination, the Echoes of Nostos, and the Transfiguration of Myth in Romanesque Sculpture – Francisco Prado-Vilar
Epilogue: A Voice from beyond the Grave: Tintoretto among the Art Historians – Alexander Nemerov

Informations pratiques :

Icons of Sound. Voice, Architecture, and Imagination in Medieval Art, dir. Bissera V. Pentcheva, Routledge, 2020 (Music and Visual Culture). 264 p., 115 ill. ISBN 9780367440879. Prix : 96 GBP.

Source : Routledge

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