Art and Society in the Middle Ages / Edition 1

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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.
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'Georges Duby was one of the leading medievalists of the twentiethcentury, a historian with a long-standing interest in art. Thisbook compresses the knowledge of a lifetime into an elegant,lapidary essay packed with perceptive comments on both art andsociety, making it as indispensable for specialists as it isaccessible to students and art-loving general readers.'
Peter Burke, Professor of Cultural History at the University ofCambridge and Fellow of Emmanuel College, Cambridge
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745621746
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 4/17/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,372,663
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Meet the Author

Georges Duby, one of France's greatest medieval historians was Professor of History at the College de France.

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Table of Contents


1. From the Fifth to the Tenth Century.

2. 960-160.

3. 1160-1320.

4. 1320-1400.




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