The Rose Window
Splendor and Symbol
‘The most spectacular of all the creations of the Gothic era’, the rose window still has the power to transfix 21st-century tourists in cathedrals such a Notre-Dame, Strasbourg or York Minster. In this magnificent study, with photographs of almost 300 roses, Cowen takes a chronological approach, exploring the origins and evolution of the form up to the present day, while letting ‘each window speak for itself’. Other chapters discuss the iconography, glazing, geometry and construction of rose windows, and the book concludes with a gazetteer.
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.
The Medieval World Complete
This survey of one of the great ages of European civilization is illustrated with photographs of paintings, sculpture, buildings and objets d’art. Chapters covering the beginning and the end of the Middle Ages frame six sections on religion and the Church, nations and laws, daily life, art and architecture, scholarship and philosophy, and the world beyond Christendom. The book includes biographies of key personalities from Charlemagne to William Wallace, timelines, maps and a gazetteer.
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.
The Bayeux Tapestry and Its Contexts
Created in the years or decades after 1066, the embroidered hanging known as the Bayeux Tapestry is a pictorial narrative of the Norman Conquest. This scholarly, illustrated volume examines previously unresolved questions about the textile’s patron, design and creators and concludes that it was the work of the monks of St Augustine’s, Canterbury, and was designed to be displayed in their abbey church. Off-mint.
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.
Postcards on Parchment
The Social Lives of Medieval Books
The miniature paintings on parchment that were often slipped into medieval prayer books are identified by Kathryn Rudy as ‘postcards’: colourful, usually devotional pictures sent or given by one person to another, often with a greeting inscribed on the reverse. Illustrated with almost 300 examples of postcards and manuscript pages, this volume explores the production of such paintings, the social contexts in which they were exchanged as gifts and the new functions they assumed as images independent of a text.
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.
Architecture, Piety, and Political Identity in a Tuscan City-State
In its architecture, politics, religion and daily life, the commune of Prato between the 11th and 14th centuries was typical of late medieval Italy. This richly illustrated history, telling the story of Prato’s origins, construction and demise, illustrates how the medieval communes differed from imperial Rome in their ambition to serve the welfare of residents; and it emphasizes the role of architecture in the city-state’s version of democratic urban life.
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.
Medieval & Renaissance Interiors
In Illuminated Manuscripts
Illuminated manuscripts are an invaluable resource for understanding medieval and early modern life in castles, palaces and ordinary households, both urban and rural. Reproducing 140 little-known illuminations, mostly from the British Library’s collections, this book shows how these miniatures reflect medieval domestic interiors and how they provide information on topics ranging from the security of dwelling places to creature comforts such as heating and lighting, hygiene, beds and bedrooms, and the display of wealth and treasured possessions.
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 Early Art of Coventry, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwick and lesser sites
Surveying the county before recent boundary changes, this volume presents a subject list of extant and lost art in the churches, civic buildings and museums of Warwickshire, including items relevant to early drama. Not typeset. No jacket.
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.
Medieval and Renaissance Stained Glass
in the Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A's collection of medieval and Renaissance stained and painted glass is the largest and most comprehensive in the world. This selection of the Museum's panels spans the period 1140 to 1540 and shows the technical and artistic advances between the Romanesque and Renaissance eras, while also illuminating the beliefs and images, sacred and secular, of the medieval world. The collection is represented here by 110 plates, including full page details of important pieces, with following commentaries.
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.