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Textual Transmission And Pictorial Transformations: The Post-Crusade Image Of The Dome Of The Rock In Italy

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For many historians, the story of Italy's relation to the Dome of the Rock only begins in the late fifteenth century, with the printing of illustrated guidebooks. In particular, the eyewitness representation of the Dome of the Rock is singled out as the starting point for a new realism in relation to the architecture of Jerusalem. Pilgrims like Niccolòda Poggibonsi described the architectural features of the Dome of the Rock-referred to as the Templum Domini-in connection with the Biblical events associated with the building, including Christ's entry into Jerusalem and the Virgin's marriage to Joseph In addition to exploring how Italians knew about the appearance of the Dome of the Rock before the publication of Breydenbach's Peregrinatio, the author suggests that the Italian reception of the image of the Dome of the Rock in the period was significantly informed by the politics of the Crusades.

Keywords: Crusades; Dome of the Rock; Italy; Jerusalem; Templum Domini



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