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Crusader Art in the Holy Land, from the Third Crusade to the Fall of Acreby Jaroslav Folda
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This book tells the story of the Architecture and the Figural Art produced for the Crusaders after the battle of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187, during the one hundred years that Acre was the capital of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1191-1291. It is an art sponsored by kings and queens, patriarchs and bishops, clergy, monks, friars, knights and soldiers, aristocrats and merchants, all men and women of means, who came as pilgrims, Crusaders, settlers, and men of commerce to the Holy Land. The artists are Franks and Italians born and/or resident in the Holy Land, Westerners who traveled to the Latin East, Eastern Christians, and even Muslims, who worked for Crusader patrons.
Book News Annotation:
Medievalists and serious students of the Crusades will find a wealth of information in this unusually rich and substantial resource. Folda (history of art, U. of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) provides an in-depth account of the complex history of the Crusades from Saladin's reconquest of Jerusalem in 1187 until the Crusaders were expelled from Acre in 1291. Arranged chronologically, text on the history of each era is followed by exhaustive discussion of the art and architecture, with attention to coinage, pilgrimage and pilgrimage art, relics, icons, castles, pottery, churches, metalwork, stonework, wood carving, textiles, and manuscripts. Frequent quotation of primary sources (in their original language with English translation) enrich the text. The volume is oversize (9.25x12.25<"> and illustrated with some color plates and many b&w images, including maps and ground plans. An initial chapter discusses the historiography of the topic; a concluding chapter is devoted to the question of crusader art as a concept. The included CD-ROM contains a corpus of the 27 Crusader manuscripts from this period, with images of all the illuminated pages, examples of the non-illuminated ones, and some comparative material.
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Presents the story of Crusader art during the thirteenth century. This art was commissioned by Crusaders, pilgrims, merchants, and resident Franks in the Crusader Territories, between 1187-1291. The art was made by Crusader artists, from coins and seals, to fortification and church architecture, to illustrated manuscripts, and icon painting.
This book presents the story of Crusader art in historical context during the thirteenth century. This art was commissioned by Crusaders, pilgrims, merchants, and resident Franks in the Crusader Territories of Syria-Palestine, between 1187-1291. The art was made primarily by Crusader artists and ranges from coins and seals, to fortification and church architecture, to illustrated manuscripts for religious and secular use, and icon painting for liturgical services, pilgrims' gifts, and private devotions. This book is important because the author attempts to synthesize what is known about this art.
Examines Crusader Art of the thirteenth century in its historical, social, and religious context.
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