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The Artful MindCognitive Science and the Riddle of Human Creativity$
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Mark Turner

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195306361

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195306361.001.0001

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Architectural Space as Metaphor in the Greek Sanctuary

Architectural Space as Metaphor in the Greek Sanctuary

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The Artful Mind

Gloria Ferrari

Oxford University Press

The relics of saints during the medieval period are interesting objects of art for at least two reasons. First, though mundane, often ugly, even revolting, they are nevertheless considered to be art. This chapter explores how and why things such as slivers of fingernails acquire the quality of art. Second, for miracles to occur, people believed that they had to interact with saints' relics in specific ways. Understanding these ways sheds light on the power of images to affect us. The cult of saints enjoyed immense popularity for a thousand years, beginning approximately in the 4th century A.D. and continuing, in fits and starts, until about the time of the Reformation. It was organized around a series of tombs, shrines, and reliquaries housed in great cathedrals, monasteries, and other grand ecclesiastical structures located throughout Europe.

Keywords:   Europe, cult, saints, medieval period, art, relics, miracles, ecclesiastical structures

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