Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium

Synopsis

"Peers' insightful and wide-ranging study supplies a clear and comprehensive history of the angelic image in cosmology and cult during the formative period prior to Iconoclasm. The paradoxes of the angelic body provide the proving ground for fiercely contested and incompatible claims for text and image as authoritative representations of the holy."--Jeffrey F. Hamburger, author of "Nuns as Artists: The Visual Culture of a Medieval Convent"

"[Peers takes] the angelic experience as an instance of the problems inherent in Christian representation. But both astutely and elegantly, he treats angels not simply as an example but as "the "most enlightening case if we wish to understand these problems."--Anthony Cutler, author of "Imagery and Ideology in Byzantine Art"