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Early Medieval Art

Lawrence Nees

April 2002

ISBN: 9780192842435

272 pages
Paperback
240x168mm

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Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99

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Description

Exploring issues of artist patronage, luxury craftsmanship, holy men and women, the decorated word, monasteries, secular courts, and the expressive and didactic roles of artistic creation, Lawrence Nees presents early Christian art within the late Roman tradition and the arts of the newly established kingdoms of northern Europe not as opposites, but as different aspects of a larger historical situation. This approach reveals the onset of an exciting new visual relationship between the church and the populace throughout medieval Europe, restoring a previously marginalized subject to a central status in our artistic and cultural heritage.

About the Author(s)

Lawrence Nees, Professor, Department of Art History, University of Delaware

Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1:The Roman Language of Art
    2:Earliest Christian Art
    3:Conversion
    4:Art for Aristocrats
    5:Endings and Beginnings
    6:Craftsmanship and Artistry
    7:Saints and Holy Places
    8:Holy Images
    9:Word and Image
    10:Art at the Court
    11:Expressive and Didactic Images
    12:Towards a New Age
    Conclusion
    Notes
    Timeline
    Further Reading
    Museums and Websites
    List of Illustrations
    Index

Reviews

"Nee's volume belongs on all our shelves" - Early Medieval Europe