Born into an extreme Protestant family, but outraged by the wanton iconoclasm
of the triumphant Puritans, and deprived by them of his fellowship, at Cambridge, he became a Catholic and died a canon in the church of the miracle-working Lady (Virgin Mary) of Loretto in Italy.
The Bluffer's Guide style is tailor-made for Ashforth's mischievous sense of humour, and what emerges is a characteristic mix of iconoclasm
and enthusiasm that will be instantly recognisable to fans of the writer's distinctive style.
This seems to be an era of iconoclasm
and iconoclasts in both the senses of image-breakers and radicals.
from Antiquity to Modernity eds Kristine Kolrud and Marina Prusac
Yet a century later these temples lay derelict, the god's images, names, and titles all erased in an orgy of iconoclasm
by Akhenaten, the devotee of a single sun-god.
is well documented in the West, most notably among Byzantines and Protestants, very little work has been done in surveying, much less analyzing, iconoclastic acts throughout East Asia.
This summary of Leslie Brubaker and John Haldon's Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era has the same primary purpose as that longer book: to show that what Byzantine sources and most modern scholars have said about iconoclasm
Instead, we're coaxed along a trail in which the primal ferocity of religious iconoclasm
gets sublimated into politics and eventually domesticated into mere 'Aesthetics'.
The topics include theurgy and aesthetics in Dionysios the Areopagite, Proklos and Plethon on beauty, Agathias and the icon of the Archangel Michael, transcendent exemplarism and immanent realism in the philosophical work of John of Damaskos, and the historical memory of Byzantine iconoclasm
in the 14th century as illustrated by Nikephoros Gregoras and Philotheos Kokkinos.
While his study of iconoclasm
vacillates, he also promises an opportunity for the reader to "learn to think a bit more iconoclastically by understanding how the three key brain circuits work.
In this issue of Logos, Natalie Carnes calls our attention to two recent books on iconoclasm
and offers a typology of iconoclasm
as a preparation for the renewal of a theology of images.
Breaking with historicist accounts of early modern images in terms of political and religious iconophobia and iconoclasm
, James Knapp offers a fascinating and original study of early modern "visuality"--encompassing a range of experiences including ekphrasis and images in the mind's eye--and the ethical questions it provoked.