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The Embodied Icon: Liturgical Vestments and Sacramental Power in Byzantium

Warren T. Woodfin


In spite of the Orthodox liturgy’s reputation for resistance to change, Byzantine liturgical dress underwent a period of extraordinary elaboration from the end of the eleventh century onwards. As part of this development, embroideries depicting holy figures and scenes began to appear on the vestments of the clergy. Examining the surviving Byzantine vestments in conjunction with contemporary visual and textual evidence, this book relates their embroidered imagery both to the program of images used in churches, and to the hierarchical code of dress prevailing in the imperial court. Both sets of ... More

Keywords: Byzantine liturgical dress, Byzantine vestments, imperial art, ecclesiastical art, heaven, code of dress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199592098.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Warren T. Woodfin, author
Kallinikeion Assistant Professor, Queens College, City University of New York, and Postdoctoral Fellow at the Kunsthistorisches Institut, University of Zürich, Switzerland.