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Liberation through Salvation: the Medieval Western European and South African experiences (1860 to 1994) compared through a selection of religious iconography

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dc.contributor.advisor Carruthers, Jane en
dc.contributor.advisor Southey, Nicholas en
dc.contributor.author Arthur, Duncan Malcolm en
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-25T10:56:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-25T10:56:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009-08-25T10:56:00Z
dc.date.submitted 2007-10-31 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10500/1722
dc.description.abstract The medieval period (approximately 800 to 1300 AD) in Western Europe is noted for its rich tradition in religious Roman Catholic iconography. Frequently the only art works to be produced in the period, or to have survived, are religious icons of the period reflecting the dominant nature of the feudal structure of society and the oppressive circumstances that led to their execution. The works can be seen as a means of escape, although in an afterlife, or they might also be interpreted as a protest against the oppressive nature of the condition of the artist. The "rigidity" of a medieval existence and the utilisation of religious art as a means of expressing unhappiness with that existence may, as it is argued here, be interpreted as a means of protest. Rigid and oppressive political structures are not isolated to any particular historical period. South Africa too was an oppressive society where the material and political advancement of the majority of the population was stifled through discriminatory legislation and similar means making meaningful protest difficult, if not dangerous. This dissertation argues that religious art too became a means of protest in a manner intended to reflect the religious viewpoints of the artist but with political intentions and subtext. Similar themes in modern South African iconography (from approximately 1850 to 1994) and medieval prototypes are therefore discernible. en
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (x, 188 leaves)
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject No keywords available en
dc.subject.ddc 704.9482
dc.subject.lcsh Liberty -- Religious aspects -- Christianity
dc.subject.lcsh Liberty in art
dc.subject.lcsh Christian art and symbolism -- Europe -- Medieval, 500-1500
dc.subject.lcsh Christian art and symbolism -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Art and religion -- Europe
dc.subject.lcsh Art and religion -- South Africa
dc.subject.lcsh Idols and images in art
dc.subject.lcsh South Africa -- History
dc.title Liberation through Salvation: the Medieval Western European and South African experiences (1860 to 1994) compared through a selection of religious iconography en
dc.type Dissertation en
dc.contributor.email djagegjj@unisa.ac.za en
dc.description.department History en
dc.description.degree M.A. (History) en


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