Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art

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Reaktion Books, 1992 - Art - 176 pages
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What do they all mean the lascivious ape, autophagic dragons, pot-bellied heads, harp-playing asses, arse-kissing priests and somersaulting jongleurs to be found protruding from the edges of medieval buildings and in the margins of illuminated manuscripts? Michael Camille explores that riotous realm of marginal art, so often explained away as mere decoration or zany doodles, where resistance to social constraints flourished.

Medieval image-makers focused attention on the underside of society, the excluded and the ejected. Peasants, servants, prostitutes and beggars all found their place, along with knights and clerics, engaged in impudent antics in the margins of prayer-books or, as gargoyles, on the outsides of churches. Camille brings us to an understanding of how marginality functioned in medieval culture and shows us just how scandalous, subversive, and amazing the art of the time could be.
  

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User Review  - cdddddd - LibraryThing

This book is good because of the subject - what do all those seemingly random doodles on the margin mean? Why is a knight fighting a snail? Why is a giant head with two legs walking around? But it ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Carter McKnight - Goodreads

What a fascinating little book! Camille uses the marginal illustrations of medieval manuscripts as a window into a complex, alien world of medieval culture and its symbols. A medievalist would gain ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
In the Margins of the Monastery
56
In the Margins of the Cathedral
77
In the Margins of the Court
99
In the Margins of the City
129
The End of the Edge
153
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About the author (1992)

Before his death in 2002 Michael Camille was Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago. His books include Mirror in Parchment(Reaktion, 1998) and The Gothic Idol: Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art(1989).

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