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Imitatio Christi
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[German Version]

In the history of art, imitatio Christi is used as a general term for all forms of the graphic visualization of imitating and following Christ (Discipleship, Christian). While this had hardly been a topic of early Christian art, it can be found in the ceremonies and images of the medieval Byzantine and Western empires under the premise of monarchic christomimesis, and in a more complex manner also among popes and bishops. In icons and hagiographic illustration cycles (Hagiography), various forms of becoming like Christ are articulated through the medium of…

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Wolf, Gerhard, “Imitatio Christi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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