Medieval images and their content, intentions, and functions regularly followed specific strategies, rituals and symbols of communication. This is true for religious as well as for secular images. One can recognize these strategies and rituals through analyzing the patterns that occur in the varieties of image construction, image space, image messages, and their perception. The book contains contributions by international specialists whose research interests concentrate on these patterns, the rituals associated with them and the influences of these phenomena on the daily life of the image audience.
Gerhard Jaritz is professor of Medieval Studies at Central European University (Budapest) and senior research fellow at the Austrian Academy of Sciences.