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Heldman, Marilyn E
The Marian Icons of the Painter Fré Seyon
A Study in Fifteeth-Century Ethiopian Art, Patronage, and Spirituality
volume: 6
pages/dimensions: 220 Seiten, 103 Abb.
language: Deutsch
binding: Buch (Paperback)
publishing date: 01.01.1994
prices: 64,00 Eur[D] / 65,80 Eur[A]
ISBN: 978-3-447-03540-8
64,00 Eur

This study of the œuvre of the monk Fre Seyon, one of the greatest painters in the history of Ethiopian art, is supported by the author’s in-depth research into the history, art, and theological literature of Ethiopia. Analysis of symbolic motifs reveals that popular Marian hymns and the theological writings of the scholar-emperor Zar’a Ya’eqob (r. 1434-1468) provided the inspiration for Fre Seyon’s extraordinary paintings. His work, which reflects fifteenth-century exchanges between the Ethiopian and European courts, should now assume its rightful place in our collective understanding of the history of world art. A generous selection of illustrations includes Ethiopian works that have never before been published.