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Six - Acheiropoietos

The Mandylion as “the radiance of God’s glory and exact imprint of God’s very being”

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 July 2022

Karin Krause
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University of Chicago
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This chapter takes a fresh look at the ideological and theological significance of the Mandylion of Edessa, an object of unparalleled importance for the religious identity of the Byzantines. Departing significantly from previous scholarship, it argues that the legend of the Mandylion is not about an especially authentic visual portrait of Christ’s face, but rather about Christ as the true image (eikon) of God the Father, understood in a purely ontological sense. Middle Byzantine theological writings about the Mandylion ought also to be read as late contributions to the debate on the legitimacy of visual representations of Christ.

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Divine Inspiration in Byzantium
Notions of Authenticity in Art and Theology
, pp. 273 - 319
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2022

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  • Acheiropoietos
  • Karin Krause, University of Chicago
  • Book: Divine Inspiration in Byzantium
  • Online publication: 16 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108922050.007
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  • Acheiropoietos
  • Karin Krause, University of Chicago
  • Book: Divine Inspiration in Byzantium
  • Online publication: 16 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108922050.007
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  • Acheiropoietos
  • Karin Krause, University of Chicago
  • Book: Divine Inspiration in Byzantium
  • Online publication: 16 July 2022
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108922050.007
Available formats
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