Joan Valero

Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power

SUSAN SOLWAY. Medieval Coins and Seals: Constructing Identity, Signifying Power, Brepols, 2015, 547 p.
ISBN: 978-2503543444

Este libro muestra las monedas y los sellos como aspectos intrínsecos y altamente significativos de la cultura visual medieval, y contribuye a la comprensión de las muchas maneras en las que funcionaban como transportadores de significado en las culturas occidental, islámica y bizantina entre los siglos V al XV.

Los estudios incluidos, llevados a cabo por historiadores de arte, especialistas en numismática y sigilografía e historiadores sobre una amplia variedad de monedas y sellos, ofrecen una nueva perspectiva sobre estas tentadoras reliquias del arte medieval y los vibrantes roles culturales que tuvieron en el momento de su creación.

A través de sus imágenes e inscripciones, transmiten complejas actitudes culturales por medio de sofisticadas estrategias visuales, cuidadosamente construidas para promover las carreras personales de los gobernantes y -en el caso de los sellos- de los aristócratas, las personas ordinarias, ciudades, empresas y funcionarios del gobierno.

Los mensajes transmitidos por estos objetos estrictamente controlados eran, sobre todo, los de la autoridad, la identidad y legitimidad, con metas o subtextos que incluían la política de autopresentación; la construcción de la identidad personal, cívica, cultural y nacional; o el anuncio de la sucesión dinástica.

Part One: Crossroads in Medieval Studies: Sigillography, Numismatics, and Art History

BRIGITTE MIRIAM BEDOS-REZAK: Medieval Identity: A Sign and a Concept.
Coins, Images, Identity, and Interpretations: Two Research Cases—a Seventh-Century
LUCIA TRAVAINI: Merovingian Tremissis and a Fifteenth-Century Ducat of Milan

Part Two: Striking Identity and Minting Politics in Medieval Europe and the Middle East

GUIDO BERNDT: Strategies of Representation: Minting the Vandal Regnum
DAVID J. WASSERSTEIN: Coins as Agents of Cultural Definition in Islam
LISA MAHONEY: A Byzantine Pedigree: The Design of Coins and Seals in the Latin East
WAYNE SAYLES: Classical Revival in Twelfth-Century Jazira: Religion–Humanism on Contemporary Coins
SUSAN LEIBACHER WARD: Reflections of Coinage: The Imago Clipeus on the West Façade of Le Mans

Part Three: Medieval Women: Coining Identity and Sealing Power

LIZ JAMES: Displaying Identity and Power? The Coins of Byzantine Empresses between 804 and 1204
ANNA GANNON: Money, Power, and Women: An Inquiry into Early Anglo-Saxon Coinage
ERIN L. JORDAN: Swords, Seals, and Coins: Female Rulers and the Instruments of Authority in Thirteenth-Century Flanders and Hainaut
KAY SLOCUM: Bede’s Ladies: Images of Anglo-Saxon Holy Women on Thirteenth-Century Seals
SUE JOHNS: Seals, Gender, Identity, and Social Status in the Late Twelfth and Early Thirteenth Centuries in Wales

Part Four: Sealing Civic, Urban, Rural and Corporate Identity in Western Medieval Europe

JOHN CHERRY: Seals of Cities and Towns: Concepts of Choice?
ELIZABETH NEW: The Common Seal and Communal Identity in Medieval London
JOHN MCEWAN: The Formation of a Sealing Society: London in the Twelfth Century
MARKUS SPÄTH: Art for New Corporations: Seal Imagery of French Urban Communities in the Thirteenth Century
PHILLIPP SCHOFIELD: Seals and the Peasant Economy in England and Marcher Wales, ca. 1300

Part Five: Miniature yet Mighty: Coins, Seals, Medieval Art and Material Culture

JAMES ROBINSON: Medieval Seals: Image and Truth
JESSE D. HURLBUT: The Mystic Lamb of Ghent: Alderman’s Seal, Altarpiece, and Tableau Vivant
JANET E. SNYDER: Vestiary Identity in Twelfth-Century Seals
SUSAN SOLWAY: Ancient Coins and their Afterlife: Numismatic Passages into Medieval Art and Material Culture
JOHN CUNNALLY: Muslim Coins of the Crusader Period in a Renaissance Collection: Premature Medievalism or Mistaken Identity

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