The politics of visualizing an imperial demise: transforming a Byzantine chronicle into a Sicilian visual narrative

@article{Boeck2009ThePO,
  title={The politics of visualizing an imperial demise: transforming a Byzantine chronicle into a Sicilian visual narrative},
  author={Elena N. Boeck},
  journal={Word & Image},
  year={2009},
  volume={25},
  pages={243 - 257}
}
  • Elena N. Boeck
  • Published 2009
  • History
  • Word & Image
  • A large, brightly painted, gilded image renders in graphic detail the discarding of the body of a slain Byzantine emperor, blood still dripping from his neck. On the middle of the same page in this illuminated manuscript a usurper is represented sitting on the throne with all the visual attributes of legitimacy (figure 1). This powerful, startling pair of images is adjacent to a chronicle passage that verbosely condemns the imperial assassination and excoriates the mastermind behind the murder… CONTINUE READING

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