This book situates the art and architecture of the stave church of Urnes within a global perspective and aims to reinvigorate scholarly interest and debate in one of the world’s most important churches. Urnes is the oldest and best known of the Norwegian stave churches. Despite its rich sculptural program, complex building history, fine medievalContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Urnes Stave Church and Its Global Romanesque Connections’, edited by Kirk Ambrose, Griffin Murray and Margrete Syrstad Andås”
Using altarpieces by the famed medieval artist Tilman Riemenschneider as touchstones for her argument, Boivin explores how artwork in Germany’s preeminent medieval city, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, deliberately propagated civic ideals.
With over 180 color images, this major reference book will appeal to students and scholars of French, comparative literature, art history, history of the book, and translation studies.
This anthology examines the workings of historical imagery in fourteen essays, offering fresh perspectives from leading researchers on a wide range of medieval and early modern artworks in a similarly wide range of functional contexts.
Timothy McCall is Associate Professor of Art History at Villanova University.
Oxford Oriental Monographs First book-length history of Syriac and Christian Arabic apologetic literature First intellectual biography of an influential Syriac author An in-depth analysis of the entangled worlds of medieval Christian and Islamic theology A detailed study of a much-neglected period of social and intellectual history in the Middle East Christian Thought in the MedievalContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Christian Thought in the Medieval Islamicate World – ‘Abdīshō’ of Nisisbis and the Apologetic Tradition’ by Salam Rassi”
The presence of gold, silver, and other metals is a hallmark of decorated manuscripts, the very characteristic that makes them “illuminated.” Medieval artists often used metal pigment and leaf to depict metal objects both real and imagined, such as chalices, crosses, tableware, and even idols; the luminosity of these representations contrasted pointedly with the surroundingContinue reading “New Publication: ‘Illuminating Metalwork: Metal, Object, and Image in Medieval Manuscripts,’ edited by Joseph Salvatore Ackley and Shannon L. Wearing”
Since its construction, Notre Dame Cathedral has played a central role in French cultural identity. In the wake of the tragic fire of 2019, questions of how to restore the fabric of this quintessential French monument are once more at the forefront. This all-too-prescient book, first published in French in 2013, takes a central placeContinue reading “Publication: ‘Notre Dame Cathedral: Nine Centuries of History’, Dany Sandron and Andrew Tallon, Translated by Andrew Tallon and Lindsay Cook”
Winner of the 2022 Charles Rufus Morey Award from the College Art Association Guided by Aristotelian theories, medieval philosophers believed that nature abhors a vacuum. Medieval art, according to modern scholars, abhors the same. The notion of horror vacui—the fear of empty space—is thus often construed as a definitive feature of Gothic material culture. In The AbsentContinue reading “New Publication: ‘The Absent Image: Lacunae in Medieval Books’ by Elina Gertsman”
In 1256, the countess of Provence, Beatrice of Savoy, enlisted her personal physician to create a health handbook to share with her daughters. Written in French and known as the Régime du corps, this health guide would become popular and influential, with nearly seventy surviving copies made over the next two hundred years and translations inContinue reading “New Publication, ‘Visualising Household Health: Medieval Women, Art and Knowledge in the Régime du corps’ by Jennifer Borland”