publication . Article . 2021

Doorway to Devotion: Recovering the Christian Nature of the Gosforth Cross

Amanda Doviak;
Open Access English
  • Published: 24 Mar 2021 Journal: Religions, volume 12, issue 228 (issn: 2077-1444, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: MDPI AG
Abstract
<jats:p>The carved figural program of the tenth-century Gosforth Cross (Cumbria) has long been considered to depict Norse mythological episodes, leaving the potential Christian iconographic import of its Crucifixion carving underexplored. The scheme is analyzed here using earlier exegetical texts and sculptural precedents to explain the function of the frame surrounding Christ, by demonstrating how icons were viewed and understood in Anglo-Saxon England. The frame, signifying the iconic nature of the Crucifixion image, was intended to elicit the viewer’s compunction, contemplation and, subsequently, prayer, by facilitating a collapse of time and space that assim...
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free text keywords: sculpture, art history, archaeology, early medieval, Anglo-Scandinavian, Vikings, lcsh:Religions. Mythology. Rationalism, lcsh:BL1-2790
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