Tree of Jesse Iconography in Northern Europe in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries

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Susan L. Green
Routledge Research in Art and Religion
  • New York, NY: 
    , October
     244 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.


This book is the first detailed investigation to focus on the late medieval use of Tree of Jesse imagery, traditionally a representation of the genealogical tree of Christ. In northern Europe, from the mid-fifteenth to the early sixteenth centuries, it could be found across a wide range of media. Yet, as this book vividly illustrates, it had evolved beyond a simple genealogy into something more complex, which could be modified to satisfy specific religious requirements. It was also able to function on a more temporal level, reflecting not only a clerical preoccupation with a sense of communal identity, but a more general interest in displaying a family’s heritage, continuity and/or social status. It is this dynamic and polyvalent element that makes the subject so fascinating.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Susan L. Green is Associate Lecturer at the Courtauld Institute of Art and Visiting Lecturer at the New College of the Humanities, London.


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