This is one of the first large-scale art-historical studies to look at the concept of representing visions and dreams in the medieval period. The studies range from the Insular world of Saint Patrick in the mid-fifth century to Mediterranean France and Italy in the fifteenth. Paralleling these are essays on modern visions that highlight how our belief in the noncorporal world still exists. Why do visions and dreams exist in the first place, and who determines who gets them? What is the difference between a dream and a vision? Have they been used for ulterior motives? These and many more topics are all dealt with in the sixteen essays in this volume.
The contributors are Alison I. Beach, Hans Belting, Lisa Bitel, Luis R. Corteguera, Richard Emmerson, Georgia Frank, Matt Gainer, Michelle Garceau, Peter Jeffery, Jacqueline Jung, Peter Klein, David Morgan, Eric Palazzo, Glenn Peers, Ann Marie Yasin, and Nino Zchomelidse.