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Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern ArtA Case Study in Visual Exegesis$
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Natasha F. H. O'Hear

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199590100

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199590100.001.0001

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Hermeneutical Reflections and Visual Exegesis

Hermeneutical Reflections and Visual Exegesis

(p.199) 6 Hermeneutical Reflections and Visual Exegesis
Contrasting Images of the Book of Revelation in Late Medieval and Early Modern Art

Natasha O'Hear

Oxford University Press

Chapter 6 represents an attempt to draw together and analyse the various hermeneutical strategies exhibited by the seven artistic case studies discussed in this study. The first part represents a thorough analysis of the case studies as examples of visual exegesis, a sort of exegesis akin to Sachexegese. The visual strategies are first summarized with a particular focus on the relationship between text and image and also on the different ways in which the John‐figure has been visualized. The different strategies and their differences and similarities are then considered further, firstly via Gadmer's Darstellung/Vorstellung ‘lens’ and also via an interpretative grid devised by the theologians Kovacs and Rowland. Chapter 6 part two explores a slightly different sort of exegesis, that which engages not with the content but with the visionary character of the source text. Where relevant, other artists, such as William Blake and Kip Gresham, are brought into the discussion of both types of visual exegesis.

Keywords:   hermeneutical strategy, visual exegesis, Sachexegese, John‐figure. Gadamer, Darstellung/Vorstellung, lens, Kovacs and Rowland, visionary, William Blake, Kip Gresham

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