Ornament as Argument : Textile Pages and Textile Metaphors in Medieval German Manuscripts, Hardback Book

Ornament as Argument : Textile Pages and Textile Metaphors in Medieval German Manuscripts Hardback

Part of the Zurich Studies in the History of Art series

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Anna Bucheler's dissertation, Ornament as Argument: Textile Imagery and Textile Metaphor in Medieval German Manuscripts explores notions of ornamentation and issues of materiality in early and high medieval manuscript illumination (800-1200).

Focusing on ornament that evokes the weave patterns of Byzantine and Islamic silk, this study argues that - in specific contexts - ornament has meaning and serves functions that go beyond mere decoration.

Reading so-called textile pages against the manuscript context in which they appear and bringing them together with metaphoric and exegetical notions of the veil, textile ornament emerges as a visual argument.

The aim of this study is to contribute to a better understanding of an "iconology of the textile" in medieval art and illuminate the functions and meaning of non-figurative ornament.

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 436 pages, 225 Illustrations, color
  • Publisher: De Gruyter
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: General arts
  • ISBN: 9783110530704

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