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Medieval Art

Veronica Sekules

April 2001

ISBN: 9780192842411

240 pages

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Oxford History of Art

Price: £19.99



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.

  • Challenges the distinctions between the Medieval and Renaissance periods, arguing that the Medieval period was steeped in classical learning, and that there was a very strong tradition in Italy for praise of the artist as an intellectual, which predates the Renaissance.
  • Disproves commonly held views of Medieval art being primarily about church art, and establishes the importance of art in all aspects of life in this period.
  • Brings issues of contemporary relevance to her investigation of this period - thereby enlivening it for a new generation of readers.

About the Author(s)

Veronica Sekules, Head of Education, Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia

Veronica Sekules is Head of Education at the Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, and was formerly exhibitions and collections curator. Her original research interests were in the fields of sculpture and liturgical furnishings in England and Europe from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries. She has also written about the art patronage and consumption of art by medieval women, and continues to work on these themes. She has published regularly in the fields of visual arts and museum education and modern art.

Table of Contents

    1:A Sense of Place
    3:Art and Power in the Church 1000-1200
    4:Design and devotion 1200-1500
    5:Image and Learning
    Bibliographic Essay
    Museums and Websites
    List of Illustrations