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Short History of the Middle Ages, Fifth Edition
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.
St Albans Cathedral Wall Paintings
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.
Yellow: The History of a Color
"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
Medieval Graffiti: The Lost Voices of England's Churches
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.
Book of Kells: Official Guide
An enthralling guide to Ireland's greatest cultural treasure.
Making Medieval Manuscripts
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.
Toward a Global Middle Ages - Encountering the World through Illuminated Manuscripts
This important and overdue book examines illuminated manuscripts and other book arts of the Global Middle Ages.
Braun/Hogenberg. Cities of the World
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.
Bayeux Tapestry: The Life Story of a Masterpiece
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.
Codices illustres
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.
Warfare in Medieval Manuscripts
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.
Viking Art
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.
Giotto and His Works in Padua
Agency of Things in Medieval and Early Modern Art: Materials, Power and Manipulation
King of Dust: Adventures in forgotten sculpture
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.
British Library - Illuminated Manuscripts Wall Calendar 2020 (Art Calendar)
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.
Art of Paper: From the Holy Land to the Americas
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
Medieval Art
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.
Art of the Islands: Celtic, Pictish, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Visual Culture, c. 450-1050
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.
Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art
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.
Magic in Medieval Manuscripts
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.
'Small Landscape' Prints in Early Modern Netherlands
Skulpturensammlung und Museum fur Byzantinische Kunst: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
A personal perspective on the director's favourite works from the collections of the prestigious Skulpturensammlung und Museum fur Byzantinische Kunst.
Islamic Chinoiserie: The Art of Mongol Iran
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: Byzantine Mosaics in their Cultural Setting
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.
Caravans of Gold, Fragments in Time: Art, Culture, and Exchange across Medieval Saharan Africa
Cosmatesque Mosaics of Westminster Abbey: The Pavements and Royal Tombs: History, Archaeology, Architecture and Conservation
Presents a holistic study of an outstanding group of monuments - mosaic pavements, tombs and shrines - in their historical architectural and archaeological context
Islamic Art and Architecture, 650-1250
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.
Green Man
Delightful, oft-reprinted guide to the foliate heads so common in medieval sculpture. This was the first-ever monograph dedicated to the Green Man.
Medieval World Complete
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.
Rhetoric beyond Words: Delight and Persuasion in the Arts of the Middle Ages
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
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.
Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages
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.
Sienese Painting: The Art of a City-Republic (1278-1477)
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.
Early Art and Architecture of Africa
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.
Medieval Architecture
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.
Moorish Spain
A clear, intelligently-written guide to a crucial period of Spanish history
Strange Beauty: Issues in the Making and Meaning of Reliquaries, 400-circa 1204
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.
South from Ephesus: Travels through Aegean Turkey
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.
Jewish Symbols and Secrets: A Fifteenth-century Spanish Carpet
Clothing the Clergy: Virtue and Power in Medieval Europe, c. 800-1200
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.
Illuminated Manuscripts Masterpieces of Art
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.
Reframing the Alhambra: Architecture, Poetry, Textiles and Court Ceremonial
This book investigates the neglected, interdisciplinary contexts of medieval poetics and optics and through comparative study of Islamic court ceremonials.
Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe
St. Albans and the Markyate Psalter: Seeing and Reading in Twelfth-Century England
Braun/Hogenberg. Cities of the World
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...
Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts, 2nd edition (Looking at Series) - A Guide to Technical Terms
A standard reference in the field of manuscript studies for over twenty years, now revised and updated with full-colour illustrations throughout.
Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture
Giotto to Durer: Early Renaissance Painting in the National Gallery
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.
Golden Legend
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.