Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians
Few subjects in Christianity have inspired artists as much as the last judgment. Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians examines images of the last judgment from the fifteenth century to the present in the Carpathian mountain region of Ukraine, Poland, Slovakia, and Romania, as a way to consider history free from the traditional frameworks and narratives of nations. Over ten years, John-Paul Himka studied last-judgment images throughout the Carpathians and found a distinctive and transnational blending of Gothic, Byzantine, and Novgorodian art in the region.
Piecing together the story of how these images were produced and how they developed, Himka traces their origins on linden boards and their evolution on canvas and church walls. Tracing their origins with monks, he follows these images' increased popularity as they were commissioned by peasants and shepherds whose tastes so shocked bishops that they ordered the destruction of depictions of sexual themes and grotesque forms of torture. A richly illustrated and detailed account of history through a style of art, Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians will find a receptive audience with art historians, religious scholars, and slavists.
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- Page Count: 328 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.4in x 9.0in
Reviews'A thoroughly original monograph, one which should be of interest to a variety of specialists in the history of culture, religion, and society of any place where Orthodox Last Judgment Iconography has an impact. Himka’s excellent combination of art and social history is a sound reminder that before the late sixteenth century the easternmost and westernmost East Slavs shared a common cultural base.'
David Goldfrank, Canadian Slavonic Papers, vol 52:1-2:2010
‘Well-researched and eminently readable monograph…This is a treatise about how we approach the study of history itself and especially Ukrainian history… It should be welcomed by Slavists, art historians, and religious scholars, who will find much of value in it.’
Patricia A. Krafcik
Journal of Ukrainian Studies vol 35-36:2010-2011
'John-Paul Himka's book is a groundbreaking study of Last Judgment representations in the late medieval and early modern icons of the Carpathian region. No previous work has collected such rich material or analyzed the development and changes of this iconography in such a detailed way. The many illustrations render the text easy to follow and will appeal to art lovers. Last Judgment Iconography in the Carpathians is an important exploration of a new world.'
Béla Zsolt Szakács, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University
Author InformationJohn-Paul Himka is a professor in the Department of History and Classics at the University of Alberta.
Table of contents
List of Illustrations
List of Maps
3 Further Elaboration
Appendix 1 Place Names in Different Languages
Appendix 2 Ephraim the Syrian’s Sermon on the Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Summary
Appendix 3 The Life of St Basil the New: Summary
Appendix 4 Early Modern Ukrainian Sermons on the Last Judgment
Catalogue of Images of the Last Judgment
Subjects and Courses