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Word and Image: The Art of the Early Middle Ages, 600-1050

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This up-to-date, reliable introductory account and interpretation of early medieval art combines art, history, and ideas from around 600 to 1050. Diebold describes diversity and complexity of early medieval art by examining the relationship of word and image. The concept of word and image is broad enough to encompass the Anglo-Saxon art and oral culture of the Sutton Hoo treasure, as well as the literate art of the Carolingian and Ottonian courts. Diebold describes and explains the stunning variety of early medieval objects--illustrated manuscripts, rich metal work, ivories, textiles, statuary, jewels, painting and architecture produced north of the Alps beginning with Pope Gregory's Christianization of England and his justification of images, and ending with the spectacular gold reliquary statue of Ste. Foy at Conques, which separates Early Medieval art from the Romanesque. Diebold also discusses the function of (and audience for) medieval art; he shows why, how, and for whom it was made. Diebold outlines the role of artists and patrons in medieval society, and he explains art's institutional and social status. He defines basic historical and art-historical terms and concepts as they are encountered, and illustrations, a map, a glossary, notes, suggestions for further reading, and an index are included.

Book News Annotation:

Diebold (art history and humanities, Reed College) explores the connection between word and image in Medieval art—illustrated manuscripts, metal work, ivories, textiles, statuary, jewels, paintings, and architecture. In the process, Diebold shows why, how, and for whom the artifact was made, and the role artists, patrons, and institutions played in medieval society. One of the author's most important claims is that the relationship between word and image in artifacts can help delineate the medieval period as lasting from 600 to 1050, and allow an understanding of "the diversity and complexity of early medieval art better than does any other organizing principle." The book is categorized chronologically, beginning with Pope Gregory's mission to the Anglo-Saxons. Illustrations are primarily in black and white.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN:
9780813335773
Subtitle:
The Art Of The Early Middle Ages, 600-1050
Author:
Diebold, William J.
Author:
Diebold, William
Publisher:
Westview Press
Location:
Boulder, CO
Subject:
General
Subject:
Communication
Subject:
Christian art and symbolism
Subject:
History - Medieval
Subject:
Art, Medieval
Subject:
General Art
Edition Description:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series:
Icon Edition: Art, Art History
Series Volume:
104-253
Publication Date:
20000828
Binding:
HC
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9.33x6.26x.64 in. .80 lbs.

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