What does the study of iconography entail for scholars active today? How does it intersect with the broad array of methodological and theoretical approaches now at the disposal of art historians? Should we still dare to use the term “iconography” to describe such work?
Icons of Sound: Voice, Architecture and Imagination in Medieval Art brings together art history and sound studies to offer new perspectives on medieval churches and cathedrals as spaces where the perception of the visual is inherently shaped by sound. The chapters encompass a wide geographic and historical range, from the fifth to the fifteenth century, andContinue reading “New Publication: Icons of Sound: Voice, Architecture, and Imagination in Medieval Art, edited by Bissera V. Pentcheva”
Latin books are among the most numerous surviving artifacts of the Late Antique, Mediaeval, and Renaissance periods in European history; written in a variety of formats and scripts, they preserve the literary, philosophical, scientific, and religious heritage of the West. The Oxford Handbook of Latin Palaeography surveys these books, with special emphasis on the variety of scriptsContinue reading “New Publication: The Oxford Handbook of Latin Palaeography, Edited by Frank Coulson and Robert Babcock”
These two volumes are ground-breaking studies that employ a large body of religious figural imagery of Byzantine lead seals ranging from the 6th to the 15th century.
Through careful analysis of the Romanesque cathedral of Molfetta (in Apulia, southern Italy), Williams demonstrates how the commercial boom of the medieval Mediterranean changed the way churches were funded, designed, and built. The young bishopric of Molfetta, emerging in an economy of long-distance trade, competed with much wealthier institutions in its own diocese. Funding forContinue reading “New publication: Architecture of Disjuncture: Mediterranean Trade and Cathedral Building in a New Diocese (11th-13th Centuries), by Joseph C. Williams”
For her commissioning and performance of a French vernacular version of the Arabic tale of the Thousand and One Nights – recorded in one of the most vivid and sumptuous extant late thirteenth-century manuscripts – as well as for her numerous other commissions, Queen Marie of Brabant (1260-1321) was heralded as an intellectual and literaryContinue reading “New Publication: Pleasure and Politics at the Court of France: The Artistic Patronage of Queen Marie of Brabant (1260-1321), by Tracy Chapman Hamilton”
Flamboyant Architecture and Medieval Technicality: The Rise of Artistic Consciousness at the End of Middle Ages (c. 1400 – c. 1530) By Jean-Marie Guillouët xviii + 200 p., 70 b/w ills, 43 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2019 ISBN 978-2-503-57729-6 More Info: http://bit.ly/2lB7Y76 This book seeks to further our understanding of the socio-genesis of artistic modernityContinue reading “New Book: Flamboyant Architecture and Medieval Technicality: The Rise of Artistic Consciousness at the End of Middle Ages (c. 1400 – c. 1530), Jean-Marie Guillouët”
The Power of Textiles: Tapestries of the Burgundian Dominions (1363-1477) By Katherine Anne Wilson ISBN 978-2-503-53393-3 More Info: http://bit.ly/2qCFz0a Textiles were used as markers of distinction throughout the Middle Ages and their production was of great economic importance to emerging and established polities. This book explores tapestry in one of the greatest textile producing regions, theContinue reading “New Book: The Power of Textiles: Tapestries of the Burgundian Dominions”
Boydell & Brewer have announced their new publications for 2018.
Il Maestro di Nola. Un vertice impareggiabile del tardogotico a Napoli e in Campania, by EMANUELE ZAPPASOD ISBN: 978-8874613465 Description: En los últimos años se ha puesto de manifiesto, cada vez con más claridad, que el patrimonio artístico del sur de Italia puede compararse, por la calidad, importancia y carga poética, de igual a igual conContinue reading “New Books: ‘Il Maestro di Nola’ and ‘Medieval manuscripts: Ghent University Library’”