Most popular History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400 books
The most popular History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400 books currently available. Updated weekly.
In this newest edition of her bestselling book, Barbara H. Rosenwein integrates the history of European, Byzantine, and Islamic medieval cultures-as well as their Eurasian connections-in a dynamic narrative.
Many medieval churches were plastered and painted, generally with decorative patterns that emphasised the architecture, sometimes also with figures. St Albans Cathedral Wall Paintings is fully illustrated with specially commissioned new photography of the paintings, together with an informative array of comparative illustrations.
"First published in the French language by aEditions du Seuil, Paris, under the title Jaune: Histoire d'une Couleur by Michel Pastoureau, copyright A 2019, aEditions du Seuil, Paris"--Verso
Drawing on examples from surviving medieval churches in England, the author gives a voice to the secret graffiti artists: from the lord of the manor and the parish priest to the people who built the church itself.
An enthralling guide to Ireland's greatest cultural treasure.
Based mainly on examples in the Bodleian Library, this lavishly illustrated account tells the story of manuscript production from the early Middle Ages to the high Renaissance. Each stage of production is described, from the preparation of the parchment, pens, paints and inks to the writing of the scripts and the illumination of the manuscript.
This important and overdue book examines illuminated manuscripts and other book arts of the Global Middle Ages.
Discover the Civitates orbis terrarum, a vintage jewel in urban cartography. Featuring town plans, bird's-eye views, maps and evocative city scenes across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, this is an unrivalled panorama of city living, and mapping, at the turn of the 17th century.
The vivid scenes on the Bayeux Tapestry depict the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Hicks shows us this world and the miracle of the tapestry's making: the stitches, dyes and strange details in the margins. For centuries it lay ignored in Bayeux cathedral until its 'discovery' in the eighteenth century.
These paradigms of miniature painting from the fourth century to 1600 are worth millions, typically tucked away in private collections or closely guarded archives-until now. Discover some of the most beautiful and important manuscripts from the Middle Ages in this collection of brilliant large-format reproductions, complete with a 36-page appendix.
Illustrating the art of war with dozens of medieval images from books and manuscripts, this new edition is completely revised with a selection of new content from the British Library's collections.
Covers all the art styles of the so-called Viking Age. This work ranges in time from the first major Viking expeditions overseas around AD 800 to the general establishment of Christianity in Scandinavia some 300 years later. It is suitable for all those interested in this vibrant art form and in Norse history.
King of Dust is a stonemason's personal journey through the landscapes of south-west England and the sculpture that first inspired him to pick up tools: the Romanesque. The book follows a year of wanderings; both an archaeology and a meditation on learning a craft. Ultimately it is about the power of medieval art to transform a life.
Drawing from the British Library's extensive collection, this wall calendar features 12 stunning and intricate details. Informative text accompanies each work and the datepad features previous and next month's views.
The untold story of how paper revolutionized art making during the Renaissance, exploring how it shaped broader concepts of authorship, memory, and the transmission of ideas over the course of three centuries
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.
Fusing history, art history, archaeology and literary studies, and fully illustrated throughout, this is a ground-breaking guide to a fascinating and complex period in which northern Europe journeyed from late Antiquity into the Middle Ages.
Now available in a new hardback edition, Michael Camille's Image on the Edge explores that riotous realm of marginal art, so often explained away as mere decoration or zany doodles, where resistance to social constraints flourished.
From simple charms to complex and subversive rituals to summon demons, diverse forms of magic were practiced in the Middle Ages. With numerous fascinating illustrations from the British Library's rich medieval collection, Magic in Medieval Manuscripts explores the place of magic in the medieval world.
A personal perspective on the director's favourite works from the collections of the prestigious Skulpturensammlung und Museum fur Byzantinische Kunst.
This illustrated book aims to provide a fresh insight into medieval Islamic art through the prism of Chinese elements in Iranian art under the Mongols.
Saints and Spectacle explains, for the first time, how the spectacurlar gold ground mosaics of the Middle Byzantine period were likely conceived. Through a recreation of the circumstances of this time, Saints and Spectacle brings the Middle Byzantine church to life as the witness to a compelling and fascinating drama.
Presents a holistic study of an outstanding group of monuments - mosaic pavements, tombs and shrines - in their historical architectural and archaeological context
This illustrated book provides an overview of Islamic art and architecture during a time that witnessed the formation of a new artistic culture and its first, medieval, flowering in the vast area from the Atlantic to India.
Delightful, oft-reprinted guide to the foliate heads so common in medieval sculpture. This was the first-ever monograph dedicated to the Green Man.
Presents one of the great ages of European civilization through a sequence of images accompanied by an informed commentary. This book helps readers to explore and understand different facets of the Middle Ages, an era of breathtaking artistic achievement and of religious faith in a world where life was often coarse and cruel and cut short by war.
In this book, eleven essays by leading scholars of music, liturgy, literature, manuscript production and architecture analyse how the medieval arts invited collaborative performances designed to persuade. Using concepts derived from rhetoric to analyse specific examples, the essays show the immense power of those forms of rhetoric which are 'beyond words'.
Astrology in Medieval Manuscripts explores the dazzling complexity of western medieval astrology and its place in society, as revealed by a wealth of illustrated manuscripts from the British Library's rich medieval collection.
A summary of mediaeval aesthetic ideas, by Italian novelist and playwright Umberto Eco. Juxtaposing theology and science, poetry and mysticism, Eco explores the relationship that existed between the aesthetic theories and the artistic experience and practice of mediaeval culture.
An overview of the golden age of Sienese painting from 1278 to 1477. This study looks at the defining characteristics - rich colour and spatial inventiveness - in panel painting, frescoes and manuscript illumination, and provides visual analysis combined with discussion of social contexts.
This new history of over 5000 years of African art reveals its true diversity for the first time. Challenging centuries of misconceptions that have obscured the sophisticated nature of African art, Peter Garlake uses the latest research and archaeological findings to offer exciting new insights.
A unique study of medieval architecture, which treats the subject thematically. It looks at construction methods, patronage, and function, as well as the symbolic meanings represented in the architecture. It also offers completely new information on architecture in Spain and central Europe.
A clear, intelligently-written guide to a crucial period of Spanish history
A study of reliquaries as a form of representation in medieval art. Explores how reliquaries stage the importance and meaning of relics using a wide range of artistic means from material and ornament to metaphor and symbolism.
Weary of what he called the "tyranny" of western art, the author first visited Turkey in 1975. But Turkey surprised him and he delighted in the unexpected wealth of Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Islamic cultures there, returning three of four times a year until 1990. This book presents a portrait of Turkey and its artistic heritage.
Maureen C. Miller traces the ways in which clerical garb changed over the Middle Ages. Miller goes into detail about craft, artistry, and textiles and contributes to our understanding of the religious, social, and political meanings of clothing, past and present.
Prior to the invention of the printing press, all books had to be written by hand. Illuminated manuscripts are the beautiful manifestation of this craft. Beginning with a thoughtful introduction, Illuminated Manuscripts Masterpieces of Art goes on to showcase key works in this stunning artistic genre.
This book investigates the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials.
Discover the Civitates orbis terrarum, a vintage jewel in urban cartography. Featuring town plans, bird's-eye views, maps and evocative city scenes across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America, this is an unrivaled panorama of city living and mapping at the turn of the 17th century. This complete reprint of all 363 color plates is complemented...
A standard reference in the field of manuscript studies for over twenty years, now revised and updated with full-colour illustrations throughout.
The authors take a look at a variety of types of painting by artists such as Holbein, Raphael, Titian and Bronzino providing insight into the meanings of individual pictures and their purpose as they explore the materials, procedures, practices and the social position of the artist of the 1500s.
A summary of saint's lives and religious festivals which decisively influenced medieval poetry, painting and stained glass. A resource for students of art history and religious studies. Contains a selection of over 70 biographies ranging from the first Apostles to Francis of Assisi. The selection and translation is by Christopher Stace.