Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art

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Reaktion Books, Jun 1, 2013 - Art - 176 pages
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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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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Camille explores the marginal art of medieval manuscripts, usually discussing how it can be used to react against the main text of the manuscripts, allowing the margins of society to be represented on ... Read full review

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
Preface
9
1 Making Margins
11
2 In the Margins of the Monastery
56
3 In the Margins of the Cathedral
77
4 In the Margins of the Court
99
5 In the Margins of the City
129
6 The End of the Edge
153
References
161
Bibliography
164
List of Illustrations
172
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Michael Camille was Associate Professor of Art History at the University of Chicago.

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