Visual Studies in Byzantium: A Pictorial Turn avant la lettre

  title={Visual Studies in Byzantium: A Pictorial Turn avant la lettre},
  author={Emmanuel Alloa},
  journal={Journal of Visual Culture},
  pages={29 - 3}
As Hegel once said, in Byzantium, between homoousis and homoiousis, the difference of one letter could decide the life and death of thousands. As this article seeks to argue, Byzantine thinking was not only attentive to conceptual differences, but also to iconic ones. The iconoclastic controversy (726–842 AD) arose from two different interpretations of the nature of images: whereas iconoclastic philosophy is based on the assumption of a fundamental ‘iconic identity’, iconophile philosophy… 

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