Art and Society in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

Art and Society in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

by Georges Duby
     
 

ISBN-10: 0745621740

ISBN-13: 9780745621746

Pub. Date: 04/17/2000

Publisher: Wiley

This short book concisely illustrates the difference between our purely aesthetic pleasure in a piece of art and the original functional purpose of that artwork. The medieval artist was a craftsman whose job was to produce art to order, as an offering to God, as a teaching aid to the population, or as an emblem of a secular or ecclesiastical wealth and authority. The…  See more details below

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This short book concisely illustrates the difference between our purely aesthetic pleasure in a piece of art and the original functional purpose of that artwork. The medieval artist was a craftsman whose job was to produce art to order, as an offering to God, as a teaching aid to the population, or as an emblem of a secular or ecclesiastical wealth and authority. The Bayeaux Tapestry is just one example of art intended to teach a lesson and reflect power. Duby ranges widely across Europe, from the fifth to the fifteenth century, choosing examples to illustrate his theme - Visigothic dress fittings, Anglo-Saxon abbeys and manuscripts and shows the affects of the Vikings on art - in the way that a master can. The book concludes with the wealthy patrons of early Renaissance Europe who were the first collectors of art. A detailed chronology and bibliography accompanies the discussion.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780745621746
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
04/17/2000
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction.

1. From the Fifth to the Tenth Century.

2. 960-160.

3. 1160-1320.

4. 1320-1400.

Chronologies.

Bibliography.

Index.

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