Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England

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Overview

This book takes as its subject the most important kind of surviving post-Reformation church art and English Renaissance sculpture, the carved stone funeral monument. These complex constructions, comprising sculpted figures and architectural framing, were set up in huge numbers during the years around 1600 and thousands still survive in parish churches across England. This is the first comprehensive account of the subject for over fifty years. The volume is lavishly illustrated with rare photographs and offers a valuable and informative record of one of England's greatest treasures.
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"Useful...good analysis..." Albion

"This is essential reading for art historians, social historians and even students of the politics and economics of the period, and it is accompanied by a very useful bibliography." The Art Newspaper

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521107525
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 4/2/2009
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 3.40 (d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Preface; Part I. Historiography and the Discourse of Art History: 1. The antiquaries and the rule of taste; 2. Art history - nation and place; 3. Art history - the period; 4. Art history - artists and the theory of art; 5. Alternatives; 6. In the presence of death; 6. Differentiation, replication and portrayal; 7. Continuity and separation; 8. The Reformation; 9. Emotion and mourning; 9. Monuments to living people; 10. Conclusion; Part II. Form and Design: 1. Regional variation; 2. Medieval precedents; 3. England and Europe; 4. Changes through time; 5. The components of design; 6. Recumbent figures; 7. Standing, kneeling and seated figures; 8. Other poses and types; 9. Traditional compositions; 10. Inscriptions; 11. Allegories and histories; 12. Decoration, surface and painted finishes; Part III. Building Monuments: 1. Securing and maintaining a place; 2. The business of erecting a monument; 3. Transportation; 4. The tomb-makers and their materials; 5. Materials; Part IV. Habits and Skills in Visual Culture: 1. Descriptions; 2. Aesthetic and visual categories; 3. Hierarchies and dangers; 4. Image theory and religious controversy; 5. Iconoclasm; 6. The defence of monuments; Part V. Exemplifications: 1. Patrons and society; 2. Monuments and the state; 3. The expression of virtue; Part VI. Conclusion. Four Discourses: 1. The four discourses; 2. The architectural frame; 3. The effigial body; 4. The heraldic sign; 5. The inscribed word; 6. English art and the exemplary tradition; Notes; Bibliography; Documents and manuscripts in original and published forms; Printed materials; Index.

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