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Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven
     

Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven

by Barbara Drake Boehm (Editor), Melanie Holcomb (Editor)
 

A comprehensive and timely exploration of the key role Jerusalem played in shaping the art and culture of the Middle Ages

Medieval Jerusalem was a vibrant international center and home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages.  Harmonious and dissonant influences from Persian, Turkish, Greek, Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Indian,

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A comprehensive and timely exploration of the key role Jerusalem played in shaping the art and culture of the Middle Ages

Medieval Jerusalem was a vibrant international center and home to multiple cultures, faiths, and languages.  Harmonious and dissonant influences from Persian, Turkish, Greek, Syrian, Armenian, Georgian, Coptic, Ethiopian, Indian, and European traditions invested Jerusalem with a key role in shaping the art of the Middle Ages.  Through compelling essays by international and interdisciplinary experts and detailed discussions of more than 200 works of art, this beautiful, authoritative volume breaks new ground in exploring the relationship between the historical and the archetypal city of Jerusalem, uncovering the ways in which the aesthetic achievements it inspired enhanced and enlivened the medieval world.
 
Patrons and artists from Christian, Jewish, and Islamic traditions alike focused their attention on the Holy City, endowing and enriching its sacred buildings and creating luxury goods for its residents.  This artistic fertility was particularly in evidence between the 11th and the 14th centuries, notwithstanding often devastating circumstances—from the earthquake of 1033 to the fierce battles of the Crusades.  Dazzling illustrations featuring new photography complement this unprecedented, panoptic story of Jerusalem in the Middle Ages.  

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The New York Times Book Review - Ruby Namdar
…beautiful…The catalog is…dense with content and background information. It contains more than 20 articles, written by the curators of the exhibition in addition to a long list of historians, archaeologists and experts in religious studies and medieval art. Here the curators, who are also the editors of the catalog, map out both points of friction and collaboration. It is not without fine irony that the first paragraph of the introduction chooses as its organizing metaphor the Jerusalem syndrome, a well-known psychiatric phenomenon, causing some visitors to Jerusalem to develop a pathological fixation on the city and its holiness. It is precisely that fixation, the obsessive, possessive instinct that compelled individuals, as well as political and religious bodies, to pour so much of their spirit, assets and talent into making Jerusalem the magnificent place that it has become.
New York Times Book Review - Ruby Namdar
“The Metropolitan Museum’s much discussed new exhibition, ‘Jerusalem, 1000-1400: Every People Under Heaven,’ as well as a beautiful catalog now offered to the public . . . present[s] the viewer with some of the most magnificent and meaningful artifacts. It is the city’s story told through its material culture.”—Ruby Namdar, The New York Times Book Review
PROSE
Won an Honorable Mention in the Art Exhibitions category for the 2017 American Publishers Awards for Professional & Scholarly Excellence (PROSE).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781588395986
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/27/2016
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
144,654
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 12.30(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Barbara Drake Boehm is Paul and Jill Ruddock Curator, and Melanie Holcomb is curator, both in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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