Warfare in Medieval Manuscripts
Drawing on the British Library’s magnificent manuscript collection, Pamela Porter uses the miniature paintings that illustrated chronicles and military manuals such as Konrad Kyeser’s Bellifortis (1459) to explore the medieval art of war; chivalry, knights and their training; arms and armour; armies and battle; castles and siegecraft; and, finally, how the introduction of gunpowder signalled the decline of traditional medieval warfare.
Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts
Far beyond today’s star-sign predictions, medieval astrology was a complex divinatory art that was used to answer questions ranging from the sublime to the mundane, and astrological ideas influenced medieval cosmology, meteorology, alchemy, magic and medicine. Using dozens of examples from the British Library manuscript collections, this book explores the art of medieval astrology, its tools and principles, its place in society, and its relation to medicine and magic.
The Theophilus Legend in Medieval Text and Image
In legend, Theophilus loses his position of authority and signs a contract with the Devil to regain it. Repenting, he asks the Virgin to intervene with Christ for forgiveness. He gets his pardon and when the Virgin retrieves the contract for him, Theophilus tells his story to his bishop and congregation. This study explores issues raised by the legend, among them feudal bonds and the Virgin’s powers of intervention, and their representation in text and visual art. No jacket.
The Wilton Diptych
The Wilton Diptych shows a young Richard II being presented to the Virgin and Child by John the Baptist and two sainted English kings; Richard, the attendant angels and the outer cover carry Richard’s badge: the white hart with golden antlers and crown. This study draws together recent scholarship to discuss this priceless and enigmatic medieval treasure, exploring the identity of the artist, the refined and subtle techniques of the painting, and its complex web of secular and religious allusion.
Fifteenth-century Printed Books from the University of Glasgow
Glasgow is home to one of the UK’s most important collections of books from the first decades of printing in Europe. This illustrated overview presents a selection of volumes, with discussion of their contents, typography, decoration and ownership history. Slightly off-mint.
Court and Craft
A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq
The Courtauld’s collection of Islamic metalworks includes an early 14th-century inlaid brass vessel shaped like a leather bag or wallet and decorated with a court scene, horsemen, musicians and revellers. No other metal vessel of this kind survives and its function has remained a mystery. This volume accompanied an exhibition that explored the ‘Courtauld bag’ in detail, along with over 30 objects whose study illuminates the life and art of the medieval Mongol Empire.
Early Medieval Stone Monuments
Materiality, Biography, Landscape
Reflecting recent trends in the investigation of material culture, these eight case studies demonstrate how inscribed and sculpted stone monuments of the 5th to 11th centuries created senses of identity and history for communities in Ireland, Britain and Scandinavia.
Newcastle and Northumberland
Roman and Medieval Architecture and Art
Ranging from the prehistory of Newcastle to Warkworth castle, the Percy family’s tower house built in the 14th century, this volume of 15 essays explores the remarkably rich material legacy of the Middle Ages in north-east England. Among the significant sites discussed are Hexham Priory, the castle keep in Newcastle upon Tyne, Tynemouth priory and Alnwick castle.
Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology at Canterbury
Since the foundation of its cathedral in 597, Canterbury has been the epicentre of Britain’s ecclesiastical history and an important locus for architectural and visual innovation. The majority of these 17 essays deal with aspects of the cathedral, among them the rebuilding by Archbishop Wulfred (805–32), the south oculus and the ‘Old Bakery’ chamber; but other topics include the monks’ library at Christ Church and the Great Gate of St Augustine’s Abbey.
Medieval Art and Architecture in the Diocese of Glasgow
After an introductory, general account of the cathedral, this collection of 13 papers covers a variety of specialized subjects, among them the cult of St Kentigern at the cathedral in the 12th century, Scottish Romanesque sculpture, the stellar vaults of the inner crypt, and excavations at the cathedral in 1992–3.
Medieval and Early Modern Art, Architecture and Archaeology
The importance of Norwich as the second most populous and wealthy city in medieval England is explored in this volume of 19 essays and seven site reports, including studies of Norwich Castle Keep, castle staircases, chancel passageways and a Norwich freemason as well as several aspects of the cathedral’s architecture and artefacts.
Arts of the Medieval Cathedrals
Studies on Architecture, Stained Glass and Sculpture in Honor of Anne Prache
After an overview of Professor Prache’s career and intellectual legacy, this volume of 13 illustrated essays by her former colleagues and students encompasses a range of approaches including technology-based and geometry-centred studies of architecture, stained glass read as an essential part of a building’s history, and the search for meaning in portal sculptures.
Every People Under Heaven
In Jerusalem, the cultural crossroads of the known world, the first centuries of the second millennium were a period of great artistic fertility. Almost 200 works of art are discussed in this volume, including maps and manuscripts, metalwork, textiles and Crusader sculpture. Essays set the objects within their social and religious contexts, covering subjects that range from patronage, trade and tourism to different faiths’ beliefs about the Holy City as the gateway to heaven.
The Art, Literature and Material Culture of the Medieval World
Transition, Transformation and Taxonomy
Reflecting contemporary approaches to the Middle Ages as a dynamic era of social, technological and political change, this volume of 18 essays explores the ideas of transition, transformation and taxonomy in subjects as varied as ethnic identity in medieval Córdoba, Old English poetry, the sculpture series of Salisbury Cathedral Chapter House, and Simon Semeonis’ 14th-century account of his pilgrimage from Ireland to Jerusalem.
Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture
Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100–1220
From the middle of the twelfth century, the seven liberal arts of medieval education – grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy – appeared in allegorical personifications on church facades. In this study, Cleaver explores the relationship between the ideas of the patrons and the practical knowledge of the sculptors of these images, addressing questions of iconography, function, audience and patronage.
Fernando Gallego and His Workshop
The Altarpiece from Ciudad Rodrigo
Created around 1480–88 by the Spanish artists Fernando Gallego and Maestro Bartolomé, the 26 panels from the main altarpiece of the cathedral in Ciudad Rodrigo, Castile, are among the most important and iconographically ambitious art works produced in late 15th-century Spain. Beginning with a history of the paintings, which are now in the University of Arizona Museum of Art, this volume comprises essays on the two artists, technical studies of the paintings and a catalogue of the altarpiece.
Preaching, Building, and Burying
Friars in the Medieval City
By preaching in the open and visiting lay people at home, mendicant friars took religion outside church buildings. Yet, despite their dedication to apostolic poverty, the friars were criticized for their churches’ considerable size. In her study of the ‘social lives of buildings’, Bruzelius describes how friars’ activities shaped the interior and exterior spaces of medieval cities; in particular explaining how individual donors’ requests for intercessory prayers and burial rights led to the episodic expansion and decoration of the friars’ convents.
The Man, The Medievalist, The Connoisseur
The art dealer John Hunt (1900–76) helped to shape the medieval collections of museums around the world and was Sotheby’s principal advisor on medieval art. This biography reveals not only the extent of Hunt’s published work on archaeological and historical topics but also his cultural benefactions to Ireland, the adopted homeland where he spent the 1950s restoring the crumbling 15th-century Bunratty Castle. The final chapter covers the investigation into recent allegations that Hunt had links to the Nazis.
Byzantium and Islam
Age of Transition 7th–9th Century
Between the seventh and ninth centuries the Byzantine empire’s southern provinces around the eastern Mediterranean and across North Africa came under Islamic rule. That meeting of Christian, Jewish and Islamic cultures created an age of transition, transformation and cross-fertilization that is celebrated in this catalogue. In scholarly essays, commentaries and 425 colour plates, the book describes 193 artefacts, arranged chronologically from a floor mosaic depicting the cities of Memphis and Alexandria (c.520 CE) to a folio from a 10th-century Qur’an.
The Medieval Origins of Anti-Jewish Iconography
Hebrew prophets and Israelites appeared in early Christian art, but only after 1000 CE did the Jew emerge as a recognizable figure, soon to become a poisonous symbol. Sara Lipton argues that the visual stereotypes were neither an inevitable result of Christian theology nor simple reflections of prejudice. She traces complex relationships between medieval Christians’ religious ideas, social experience and changing artistic practices, and shows how representations of Jews transformed over time from benign figures of ancient wisdom to vicious caricatures.
The Creation of Gothic Architecture
An Illustrated Thesaurus: The Ark of God. Vol 1–2
Focused on Gothic buildings within the Paris Basin, but with occasional excursions, The Creation of Gothic Architecture aims to provide an overall chronology through the study of every available example of the various architectural elements, primarily using photographs, with commentaries, and supported by documents where they exist. Comprising Volumes 1 and 2, the first part of the study dates buildings between 1170 and 1250 using a single repeatable type of decoration – foliage – and drawing on 288 documents. No jacket.
Masterpieces of Art
After a fresh and thoughtful introduction to the history and techniques of medieval manuscript illumination, this book goes on to present 90 reproductions of some of the finest examples in the collections of the British Library. Among the famous manuscripts represented are the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Saluces Hours, the Bedford Hours and the Bible Historiale from the Netherlands. The examples are in three parts: Venerable Depictions, Bible Stories and Secular Works.