By David R. Cartlidge, J. Keith Elliot
The Christian canon of scripture, often called the recent testomony, excluded some of the Church's conventional tales approximately its origins. even though now not within the Bible, those renowned tales have had a robust impact at the Church's traditions and theology, and a very marked influence on visible representations of Christian trust. This publication presents a lucid advent to the connection among the apocryphal texts and the work, mosaics, and sculpture within which they're often paralleled, and which were so major in transmitting those non-Biblical tales to generations of churchgoers.
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Lafontaine-Dosogne's work on the cycle of the Life of the Virgin is fundamental and close to exhaustive 15 What follows is a chart of the two cycles, dependent upon Lafontaine-Dosogne's work. 5 The miracle of the flowering rod. Fresco, c. 1320. Kariye Djami, Istanbul. Photograph: Art Resource, NY. 6 The Virgin's first steps. Fresco, c. 1320. Kariye Djami, Istanbul. Photograph: Art Resource, NY. 28 MARY The cycle in the West The cycle in the East The marriage of Joachim and Anna (Pseudo-Matthew 1) Joachim's generosity Anna and Joachim marry Anna and Joachim give alms Kinship of Anna Joachim, offering refused (Pseudo-Matthew 2) Joachim, offering refused (Protevangelium 1-2) Anna and Joachim return home The return of Anna and Joachim to their home (Syriac) Joachim consults the Book of the Twelve Tribes (He actually speaks to the tribes in the Syriac, Armenian and Georgian) He then returns home (Syriac) and then Joachim leaves Anna Annunciation to Anna (Pseudo-Matthew 2) The Annunciation to Anna (Protevangelium 2) An angel announces to Anna her Euthine reproaches Anna about her sterility (the headband) conception The servant (not named) reproaches Anna laments in the garden Anna The annunciation to Anna Annunciation to Joachim (Pseudo-Matthew 3) The Annunciation to Joachim (Protevangelium 4) Joachim returns to the desert Joachim returns to the desert Joachim and his shepherds Joachim makes a sacrifice in the Joachim and his shepherds and flocks wilderness Joachim prays in the desert Annunciation to Joachim The annunciation to Joachim (that Joachim's song Anna has conceived in her womb apart from Joachim.
No portrait in fresco, mosaic, or sculpture can really be said to have avoided the influence of the early church's visualization of Mary in its scenes which are paralleled only in the Christian apocrypha, particularly in the Marian gospels. Two classical examples of this iconographic cycle, one from the West and the other from the East, set the example of what we can call the 'mature' cycle. The Western version, among the many churches which have these cycles, is represented by the justly treasured Cappella degli Scrovegni (Arena Chapel) in Padua.
Maria Egiziaca, Rome. They likely date from the period of 872-82 46 Eastern iconic versions of the transitus (the Dormition and the Assumption) from before the ninth or tenth centuries do not survive. A fresco in the Church of Agac Alti (c. 850-950), Cappadocia, pictures the Virgin on her bed, with John the Evangelist holding a palm and Jesus at her side 47 The earliest extant image demonstrates the early period in which the legends of Mary were known in the British Isles, namely, a carving on the Wirksworth Slab (late eighth or ninth 45 MARY century).
Art and the Christian Apocrypha by David R. Cartlidge, J. Keith Elliot