Christian Leadership in Early Medieval Art


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Christian Leadership in Early Medieval Art: Museum Exhibition Catalogue of Christian Iconography in Sculpture
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Head reliquary of Saint Alexander from Stavelot Abbey, Belgium. 1145.
Medium: Silver repousse (partly gilt), gilt bronze, gems, pearls, and enamel, approx. 1' 5 1/2" high.
This piece provides one example of the finely crafted means in which silver was used as a material for sculpting the faces of early Christian leaders. The image of the face of Pope Alexander I provides a Romanesque style, which would have reflected the roman era in which this saint once lived. Alexander I reigned over the Roman Catholic Church from 106-115 A.D. and provided a great deal of early leadership in the conversion of Roman dignitaries to the...
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.....ound in metallic casting or molding methods, but it possess great detail in the three dimension high relief carving used by the anonymous sculptor. This piece also emulates the Cult of Mary as a popular way to instill an female authority within the Church, providing different means in which women were given leadership in the iconography of the New Testament,. Once again, the figural uses of classical form in connected to the piece, as the influence of the Roman Catholic Church had not become a part of southern Europe during the 12th century.
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