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The Resource Eating beauty : the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages, Ann W. Astell

Eating beauty : the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages, Ann W. Astell

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Eating beauty : the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages
Title
Eating beauty
Title remainder
the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages
Statement of responsibility
Ann W. Astell
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Language
eng
Summary
"The enigmatic link between the natural and artistic beauty that is to be contemplated but not eaten, on the one hand, and the eucharistic beauty that is both seen (with the eyes of faith) and eaten, on the other, intrigues me and inspires this book. One cannot ask theo-aesthetic questions about the Eucharist without engaging fundamental questions about the relationship between beauty, art (broadly defined), and eating."--Eating BeautyIn a remarkable book that is at once learned, startlingly original, and highly personal, Ann W. Astell explores the ambiguity of the phrase "eating beauty." The phrase evokes the destruction of beauty, the devouring mouth of the grave, the mouth of hell. To eat beauty is to destroy it. Yet in the case of the Eucharist the person of faith who eats the Host is transformed into beauty itself, literally incorporated into Christ. In this sense, Astell explains, the Eucharist was "productive of an entire 'way' of life, a virtuous life-form, an artwork, with Christ himself as the principal artist." The Eucharist established for the people of the Middle Ages distinctive schools of sanctity--Cistercian, Franciscan, Dominican, and Ignatian--whose members were united by the eucharistic sacrament that they received. Reading the lives of the saints not primarily as historical documents but as iconic expressions of original artworks fashioned by the eucharistic Christ, Astell puts the "faceless" Host in a dynamic relationship with these icons. With the advent of each new spirituality, the Christian idea of beauty expanded to include, first, the marred beauty of the saint and, finally, that of the church torn by division--an anti-aesthetic beauty embracing process, suffering, deformity, and disappearance, as well as the radiant lightness of the resurrected body. This astonishing work of intellectual and religious history is illustrated with telling artistic examples ranging from medieval manuscript illuminations to sculptures by Michelangelo and paintings by Salvador Dalí. Astell puts the lives of medieval saints in conversation with modern philosophers as disparate as Simone Weil and G.W.F. Hegel
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Astell, Ann W
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
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  • Lord's Supper
  • Lord's Supper
  • Aesthetics
  • Food
  • Spiritual life
  • Spiritual life
  • RELIGION
  • PHILOSOPHY
  • Lord's Supper
  • Spiritual life
  • Eucharistie
  • Esthetische ervaring
  • Heiligen
  • Geschiedenis (vorm)
Label
Eating beauty : the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages, Ann W. Astell
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Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-285) and index
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online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
"Taste and see" : the eating of beauty -- The apple and the Eucharist : foods for theological aesthetics -- "Hidden manna" : Bernard of Clairvaux, Gertrude of Helfta, and the monastic art of humility -- "Adorned with wounds" : Saint Bonaventure's Legenda maior and the Franciscan art of poverty -- "Imitate me as I imitate Christ" : three Catherines, the food of souls, and the Dominican art of preaching -- The Eucharist, the Spiritual exercises, and the art of obedience : Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Michelangelo -- Weil and Hegel : a eucharistic "ante-/anti-aesthetic" aesthetics? -- To (fail to) conclude : eucharists without end
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ocn950884941
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
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online
Isbn
9781501704550
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
color illustrations
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22573/ctt18kt6qv
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)950884941
Label
Eating beauty : the Eucharist and the spiritual arts of the Middle Ages, Ann W. Astell
Publication
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-285) and index
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
"Taste and see" : the eating of beauty -- The apple and the Eucharist : foods for theological aesthetics -- "Hidden manna" : Bernard of Clairvaux, Gertrude of Helfta, and the monastic art of humility -- "Adorned with wounds" : Saint Bonaventure's Legenda maior and the Franciscan art of poverty -- "Imitate me as I imitate Christ" : three Catherines, the food of souls, and the Dominican art of preaching -- The Eucharist, the Spiritual exercises, and the art of obedience : Saint Ignatius of Loyola and Michelangelo -- Weil and Hegel : a eucharistic "ante-/anti-aesthetic" aesthetics? -- To (fail to) conclude : eucharists without end
Control code
ocn950884941
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xiii, 296 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9781501704550
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other physical details
color illustrations
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
22573/ctt18kt6qv
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)950884941

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