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The mechanical presentations of Marian statues in the late Gothic period

Tripps, Johannes

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Since the first half of the 14th century up to the time of the protestant reformation more and more finds about sculptures of the Virgin with mechanical Christ Children and Pietà figures with mannekin-like crucifixes in their lab have been communicated and commented in scientific publications. The present article discusses the history of ideas about the origins, nascency and dissemination of such works of art and their role within the piety of Western Europe in late medieval times.

Translation of abstract (German)

Seit der ersten Hälfte des 14. Jahrhunderts bis zur Reformation häufen sich die Beispiele für oder Nachrichten von Marienfiguren mit mechanischen Jesuskindern oder Vesperbildern mit gliederpuppenartigen Kruzifixen im Schoß. Der vorliegende Beitrag gilt den geistesgeschichtlichen Wurzeln, die zur Entstehung und Verbreitung derartiger Bildwerke führten, sowie ihrer Rolle innerhalb der abendländischen Frömmigkeit.

Document type: Conference Item
Date: 2012
Version: Primary publication
Date Deposited: 30 Oct 2012 09:55
Faculties / Institutes: Research Project, Working Group > Individuals
DDC-classification: Plastic arts, numismatics, ceramics, metalwork
Controlled Subjects: Europa, Liturgie, Marienstatue, Christusdarstellung, Mechanisches Kunstwerk, Geschichte 1320-1525
Subject (classification): Sculpture
Countries/Regions: Germany, Switzerland, Austria
Paper series:
Schriften von Johannes Tripps8
Additional Information: This lecture was given at the Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo on Friday, 11 May 2012 in the framework of the 47th International Congress on Medieval Studies