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Art of the Middle Ages

Author: Giulia Marrucchi; Riccardo Belcari
Publisher: New York : Barnes & Noble, 2007. ©2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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This superbly illustrated book immerses the reader completely in the world of medieval art. Many of the stunning illustrations are full-page and are often accompanied by enlargements of entrancing details that provide an in-depth understanding of the work. The most central cornerstones of medieval art are examined including architecture, sculpture and painting. Its exploration of a wide range of genres and examples  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Giulia Marrucchi; Riccardo Belcari
ISBN: 0760788871 9780760788875
OCLC Number: 124070964
Notes: Subtitle on cover: Masterpieces in painting, sculpture and architecture.
Description: 430 pages : color illustrations ; 30 cm
Contents: Paleochristian and Byzantine art. From pagan Rome to Christian Rome: artistic monuments in the city of Peter ; Milan capital city and Basilica of St. Lawrence ; Art in the 5th century in Ravenna ; The capital of the exarchate: art in Ravenna during the 6th century ; Constantinople and imperial architecture: the Basilica of Hagia Sophia ; The santuary of San Simeon the Stylite at Qal'at Sem'ân --
Art in medieval palaces and monasteries. The Lombards ; The Merovingians ; The Visigoths in Spain ; Irish monastic centers ; Benedictine monasteries during the late MIddle Ages ; Renaissance of the Carolingian empire ; The Ottonian empire and art of the year 1000 ; Late Medieval painting in Italy --
Cluny and the Romanesque Period in Europe. A new spiritual center in the west: the Abbey at Cluny ; The influence of Cluniac architecture in Europe ; The revival of sculptural decoration in European churches ; The Norman Romanesque style ; Romanesque Catalan painting ; Romanesque painting in Marienberg and the Alpine Arc --
The Romanesque Period in Northern Italy. The Basilica of Ant'Ambrogio between the 6th and 11th centuries ; The spread of the Lombard Romanesque style ; The Cathedral of Modena: two personalities in partnership ; Pietro di Alberico and the sculpture of the Catherdral of Bologna ; Saint Mark's in Venice: Romanesque forms between east and west --
The Romanesque Period in Central and Southern Italy. The endurance of classical models in central Italian art ; The monumental complex of the Cathedral of Pisa ; The influence of the Pisan Romanesque style ; The reuse of antique materials in the Medieval period ; San Nicola in Bari and the Romanesque in Apulia ; The Romanesque period in Campania ; The Romanesque period in Sicily: Arab and Norman influences --
Italian painting between the 11th and 13th centuries.
Other Titles: Masterpieces in painting, sculpture and architecture
Responsibility: Giulia Marrucchi, Riccardo Belcari.

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This superbly illustrated book immerses the reader completely in the world of medieval art. Many of the stunning illustrations are full-page and are often accompanied by enlargements of entrancing details that provide an in-depth understanding of the work. The most central cornerstones of medieval art are examined including architecture, sculpture and painting. Its exploration of a wide range of genres and examples makes Art of the Middle Ages a rich and lively source of reference for both lay readers and scholars alike. It was conceived with three goals in mind: clarity of language, precise and up-to-date contents, and stunning visual images. Rather than a literal succession of dates and opinions or abstruse theoretical principles, it is an adventurous and enthralling series of encounters with different ages and peoples, monuments and paintings, techniques and styles. The artistic roots of this period in Rome, Ravenna and Byzantium (with its basilicas and mosaics) are explored in great depth. And the reader is taken through the primitive examples of Christian art, the advance of the Barbarians and their simple, rough art, and the era of Charlemagne, with its great monastic orders that were to change the fate of the arts in Europe. In the year 1000 the whole of the Continent would don a white mantle of cathedrals. A flurry of marble descended on the city of Pisa and the Cathedral, the Baptistery and the Campanile rose up. The bell tower would soon begin to sink and lean - perhaps as a warning that perfection only exists in Heaven. In a single volume, Art of the Middle Ages offers a magnificently illustrated tour of the great artistic riches of Medieval Europe.

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