Experiencing Medieval Art

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University of Toronto Press, Sep 23, 2019 - Art - 296 pages

Experiencing Medieval Art is an extensive revision and expansion of the author's Seeing Medieval Art, originally published in 2004. Renowned art historian Herbert L. Kessler considers often-strange objects and the materials of which they are made, circumstances of production, the conflictual relationship between art objects and notions of an ineffable deity, the context surrounding medieval art, the playfulness of art and the formal movements it engaged, as well as questions of apprehension, aesthetics, and modern presentation.

Kessler introduces the exciting discoveries and revelations that have revolutionized the understanding of medieval art and identifies the vexing challenges that still remain. Examining such well-known monuments as the stained glass in Chartres cathedral, mosaics in San Marco Venice, and Utrecht Psalter, as well as newly discovered works - including the frescoes in Rome's "aula gotica" and a twelfth-century aquamanile in Hildesheim - Kessler makes the complex history of medieval art accessible for students of art history, teachers in the field, and scholars of medieval history, theology, and literature.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Object
1
Chapter 2 Matter
31
Chapter 3 Making
59
Chapter 4 Spirit
91
Chapter 5 Book
117
Chapter 6 Church
139
Chapter 7 Life and Death
161
Chapter 8 Performance
189
Chapter 9 Subject
207
Environments of Experience
225
Notes
231
Photo Credits
317
Index
321
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Herbert L. Kessler is a professor emeritus in the Department of the History of Art at Johns Hopkins University.

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