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Weaving sacred stories : French choir tapestries and the performance of clerical identity

Author: Laura Weigert
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Series: Conjunctions of religion & power in the medieval past.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Weigert focuses on three of the most spectacular and little-studied tapestry series preserved from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries: Lives of Piat and Eleutherius (Notre-Dame, Tournai), Life of Saint Stephen (Saint-Etienne, Auxerre [now in the Museum of the Middle Age, Paris]), and Life of Gervasius and Protasius (Saint-Julien, Le Mans). Each of these tapestries, measuring over forty meters in length,
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Genre/Form: Bildband
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Laura Weigert
ISBN: 0801440084 9780801440083
OCLC Number: 52937530
Description: xvi, 246 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm.
Contents: Setting the stage --
Lives of Piat and Eleutherius: the audience of choir --
Tapestry and its stories of the past --
The gift of the life of Gervasius and Protasius and its donor --
The life of Stephen: the liturgical setting of choir Tapestry and its performance of the saint's vita --
Woven vitae of the saints and clerical identity.
Series Title: Conjunctions of religion & power in the medieval past.
Responsibility: Laura Weigert.
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"Weigert focuses on three of the most spectacular and little-studied tapestry series preserved from the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries: Lives of Piat and Eleutherius (Notre-Dame, Tournai), Life of Saint Stephen (Saint-Etienne, Auxerre [now in the Museum of the Middle Age, Paris]), and Life of Gervasius and Protasius (Saint-Julien, Le Mans). Each of these tapestries, measuring over forty meters in length, included elements that have traditionally been defined as either lay or clerical. On the prescribed days when the tapestries were displayed, the liturgical performance for which they were the setting sought to merge the history and patron saint of the local community with the universal history of the Christian church.

Weigert combines a detailed analysis of the narrative structure of individual images with a discussion of the particular social circumstances in which they were produced and perceived. Weaving Sacred Stories is thereby significant not only to the history of medieval art but also to art history and cultural studies in general."--Jacket.

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