Renaiss. Q. volume 72, issue 1, P256-258 2019 DOI: 10.1017/rqx.2018.24 View full text
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Deborah Parker

Abstract: In chapter 2, Gearhart turns her attention to the role of matter in the text. She argues that for Theophilus, art is the transformation of materials into useful objects, which serves to justify monastic art at a time when it could be treated with suspicion. For Theophilus, Gearhart shows, it is important that the reader know and understand the properties and origins of his various materials. Gearhart gives special attention to Theophilus's language in chapter 3, delineating how Theophilus moralizes the making …

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