Medieval Art, Paperback Book
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This refreshing new look at Medieval art conveys a very real sense of the impact of art on everyday life in Europe from 1000 to 1500.

It examines the importance of art in the expression and spread of knowledge and ideas, including notions of the heroism and justice of war, and the dominant view of Christianity.

Taking its starting point from issues of contemporary relevance, such as the environment, the identity of the artist, and the position of women, the book also highlights the attitudes and events specific to the sophisticated visual culture of the Middle Ages, and goes on to link this period to the Renaissance.

The fascinating question of whether commercial and social activities between countries encouraged similar artistic taste and patronage, or contributed to the defining of cultural difference in Europe, is fully explored.




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This is, hands-down, the best kind of thing to read if you really want to put yourself in the mind of Medieval man. Veronica Sekules covers so much...the role of the artist in his world, socially and economically, and even amongst his own family; themes in art of humanity struggling with nature; diagrams (even in stained glass windows) and illuminated memory devices...Additionally, there are some real gems in here which you MUST NOT MISS if the Middle Ages thrills you at all, such as a saddle from the court of Vlad Drakul and the tomb of a woman who is depicted in the sculpture on her resting-place as in repose...and reading.

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