Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages

Art and Beauty in the Middle Ages

by Umberto Eco, Hugh Bredin
     
 

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In this authoritative, lively book, the celebrated Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco presents a learned summary of medieval aesthetic ideas. Juxtaposing theology and science, poetry and mysticism, Eco explores the relationship that existed between the aesthetic theories and the artistic experience and practice of medieval culture.

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In this authoritative, lively book, the celebrated Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco presents a learned summary of medieval aesthetic ideas. Juxtaposing theology and science, poetry and mysticism, Eco explores the relationship that existed between the aesthetic theories and the artistic experience and practice of medieval culture.

Author Biography: Umberto Eco is the author of many books, including The Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, Experiences in Translation, and The Island of the Day Before.

Editorial Reviews

Washington Post Book World
The book lays out so many exciting ideas and interesting facts that readers will find it gripping.
D. C. Barrett
If you want to become acquainted with medieval aesthetics,you will not find a more scrupulously researched,better written (or better translated,intelligent and illuminating introduction than Eco’s short volume.
Art Monthly
Alida Becker
This survey of the aesthetics of medieval Latin civilization. . . reveals the insight and eloquence that would later gain [Eco] worldwide fame after the release of his novel,The Name of the Rose.
Philadelphia Inquirer
Oxford Times
An interesting and thought-provoking volume well worth reading for its original ideas as well as for the aspects shed on art and beauty during that time.
Russell Peck
Offer[s] as good a general introduction to medieval aesthetics and art theory as one is likely to find in English. . . . The book is filled. . . with quite wonderful material.
Baltimore Morning Sun
Choice
More than a history of theory,this essay is an absorbing synthesis of theology,science,poetry,and mysticism with artistic theory and practice—providing comprehensive insight into medieval culture.
Sunday Times
An original and illuminating synthesis of disciplines usually treated separately.
Robert Taylor
[A] delightful study... . [Eco's] remarkably lucid and readable essay is full of contemporary relevance and informed by the energies of a man in love with his subject.
Boston Globe
Michael Camille
A lively introduction to the subject.
The Burlington Magazine
Richard J. Morris
A model of what a historical survey should be.
Los Angeles Times
Nicholas Penny
This is a sober and learned study which can be recommended as a lucid exposition of alien ways of thinking.
London Review of Books
Diane Collinson
A quarry of valuable material to be borne away in manageable pieces, each of which is to be examined in detail so that the complexities it suggests can be traced and explored.
British Journal of Aesthetics
Library Journal
Eco's slim volume, though 20 years old, remains fresh and useful in this highly readable translation. Eco moves swiftly and surely from Boethius to Meister Eckhart, from subtle conceptual distinctions to broad historical and sociological syntheses. The book reflects the moment of its composition, the heyday of phenomenology, in its search for the intuitive dimensions in aesthetic experience. Eco's study will serve students of aesthetics in general and medieval aesthetics in particular who need a brief but accurate introduction to a vast field, while students of Eco's own thinking will profit from a glance at the scholastic background to Eco's work on semiotics. Ronald L. Martinez, French and Italian Dept., Univ. of Minnesota, Minneapolis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300093049
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
02/28/2002
Edition description:
Second Edition
Pages:
144
Sales rank:
786,139
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.75(h) x (d)

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