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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book Transformations of Time and Temporality in Medieval and Renaissance Art, which analyses a comprehensive and multifaceted picture of the dynamic concepts of time and temporality in medieval and Renaissance art, as they were adopted and interpreted in speculative, ecclesiastical, socio-political, propagandist, moralistic, and poetic contexts. The book emphasizes that visual depictions of time or temporal concepts in the Renaissance are not to be conceived primarily as illustrations to texts, even when they propound to illustrate a textual source. It investigates and illuminates the non-verbal means of expression supported by the comparative and interdisciplinary tools of iconographical studies. The book examines the concurrent multi-faceted trajectories of speculation, theories of natural science, affects of socio-economic and historical events, transformations in humanistic cultural values, and other related issues through the media of artistic expression.

Keywords: historical events; humanistic cultural values; Renaissance art; socio-economic events; temporality concepts; time concepts



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