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Art of the Middle Ages

Art of the Middle Ages - 02 edition

Art of the Middle Ages - 02 edition

ISBN13: 9780500203507

ISBN10: 0500203504

Art of the Middle Ages by Janetta Rebold Benton - ISBN 9780500203507
Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02
Copyright: 2002
Publisher: Thames & Hudson
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Art of the Middle Ages by Janetta Rebold Benton - ISBN 9780500203507

ISBN13: 9780500203507

ISBN10: 0500203504

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 02

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Informative, accessible, and imaginatively illustrated, Janetta Rebold Benton's new survey offers a lively exploration of the visual arts of the Middle Ages: its stained glass, mosaics, illuminated manuscripts, mural and panel paintings, ivories, metalwork, enamels, tapestries, sculpture, and, above all, its achievements in architecture.

Organized both chronologically and geographically, it begins with a brief look at Early Christian and Byzantine art, followed by a closer examination of the art of the Early Middle Ages--"Barbarian," Carolingian, and Ottonian. From there the book focuses on the Romanesque and Gothic eras. Architecture was the dominant art form in the Middle Ages, and among the important Romanesque monuments discussed are Saint-Sernin in Toulouse, Sainte-Madeleine in Vézelay, Durham Cathedral in England, San Ambrogio in Milan, and Santiago de Compostela in Spain. The major Gothic sites include Saint-Denis and Notre-Dame in Paris, Chartres Cathedral, Wells Cathedral, London's Westminster Abbey, and the cathedrals of Cologne, Prague, Lausanne, and Florence.

Throughout, the author strikes a skillful balance in her treatment of architecture, sculpture, painting, and the decorative arts. She offers intriguing information on the medieval social structure, including feudalism and the guilds; the power of the medieval Church; clothing (secular and ecclesiastical, as well as armor); and domestic architecture, ranging from modest homes to fortresses and castles. There is also a section on wit and humor in medieval art.

Comprehensive and authoritative, the book includes a chronology, a glossary, maps, a bibliography, and explanations of the media and techniques used by medieval artists--among them, fresco secco and buono mural painting, egg tempera panel painting, cloisonné and champlevé enamel work, ivory carving, manuscript illumination, stained-glass window production, tapestry weaving, and even cathedral construction. Art of the Middle Ages will be an essential companion and reference for museum goers, travelers, and students alike.

Author Bio

Benton, Janetta Rebold : Pace University

Janetta Rebold Benton is Professor of Art History and Director of the Honors Program at Pace University, and a staff lecturer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Her many books include Arts and Culture (with Robert DiYanni), Holy Terrors: Gargoyle on Medieval Buildings, and The Medieval Menagerie: Animals in the Art of the Middle Ages.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Early Christian and Byzantine

Chapter 2

Early Middle Ages: 'Barbarian,' Carolingian, Ottonian

Chapter 3

Romanesque in Central France and Along the Pilgrimage Roads

Chapter 4

Romanesque in Southern and Western France

Chapter 5

Romanesque Outside France

Chapter 6

Romanesque Sculpture, Decorative Arts, and Manuscript Illumination

Chapter 7

Earlier Gothic in France

Chapter 8

Later Gothic in France

Chapter 9

Gothic Outside France

Chapter 10

Gothic Sculpture, Decorative Arts, Manuscript Illumination, and Painting

Chapter 11

Art in Daily Life During the Middle Ages

Map of Western and Central Europe
List of Illustrations