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Art of the Middle Ages

Author: Giulia Marrucchi; Riccardo Belcari
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This superbly illustrated book immerses the reader completely in the world of medieval art. Many of the stunning illustrations are full-page and are often accompanied by enlargements of entrancing details that provide an in-depth understanding of the work. The most central cornerstones of medieval art are examined including architecture, sculpture and painting. Its exploration of a wide range of genres and examples  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giulia Marrucchi; Riccardo Belcari
ISBN: 0760788871 9780760788875
OCLC Number: 124070964
Notes: Subtitle on cover: Masterpieces in painting, sculpture and architecture.
Description: 430 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: Paleochristian and Byzantine art --
Art in medieval palaces and monasteries --
Cluny and the Romanesque Period in Europe --
The Romanesque Period in Northern Italy --
The Romanesque Period in Central and Southern Italy --
Italian painting between the 11th and 13th centuries --
Chronology --
Index of artists.
Other Titles: Masterpieces in painting, sculpture and architecture
Responsibility: Giulia Marrucchi, Riccardo Belcari.

Abstract:

This superbly illustrated book immerses the reader completely in the world of medieval art. Many of the stunning illustrations are full-page and are often accompanied by enlargements of entrancing details that provide an in-depth understanding of the work. The most central cornerstones of medieval art are examined including architecture, sculpture and painting. Its exploration of a wide range of genres and examples makes Art of the Middle Ages a rich and lively source of reference for both lay readers and scholars alike. It was conceived with three goals in mind: clarity of language, precise and up-to-date contents, and stunning visual images. Rather than a literal succession of dates and opinions or abstruse theoretical principles, it is an adventurous and enthralling series of encounters with different ages and peoples, monuments and paintings, techniques and styles. The artistic roots of this period in Rome, Ravenna and Byzantium (with its basilicas and mosaics) are explored in great depth. And the reader is taken through the primitive examples of Christian art, the advance of the Barbarians and their simple, rough art, and the era of Charlemagne, with its great monastic orders that were to change the fate of the arts in Europe. In the year 1000 the whole of the Continent would don a white mantle of cathedrals. A flurry of marble descended on the city of Pisa and the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Campanile rose up. The bell tower would soon begin to sink and lean - perhaps as a warning that perfection only exists in Heaven. In a single volume, Art of the Middle Ages offers a magnificently illustrated tour of the great artistic riches of Medieval Europe.
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