Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean
Volume 2. A Catalogue of the Cretan Material

Lymberopoulou, Angeliki and Duits, Rembrandt (2020). Hell in the Byzantine World: A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean
Volume 2. A Catalogue of the Cretan Material.
Hell in the Byzantine World. A History of Art and Religion in Venetian Crete and the Eastern Mediterranean, 2. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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Abstract

The imagery of Hell, the Christian account of the permanent destinations of the human soul after death, has fascinated people over the centuries since the emergence of the Christian faith. This volume provides the first large-scale investigation of images from churches across Venetian Crete, which are comprehensively collected and published for the first time. Crete was at the centre of artistic production in the late Byzantine world and beyond and its imagery was highly influential on traditions in other regions. The volume presents 107 churches from the island that have or used to have representations of Hell as part of their iconographic programme and highlight Hell’s emergence in monumental painting not as a concrete array of images, but as a diversified mirroring of social perceptions of sin.

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