Medieval Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, 4th-14th Century

Medieval Art: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, 4th-14th Century

by James C. Snyder
     
 

James Snyder, Professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr College, takes us on a fascinating artistic journey from the Early Christian era to the Late Gothic period. Along the way, we enter catacombs, Early Christian basilicas, palace chapels, Romanesque churches, and Gothic cathedrals. The Christian church as the theater for the arts is Professor Snyder's focus, and he… See more details below

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James Snyder, Professor of Art History at Bryn Mawr College, takes us on a fascinating artistic journey from the Early Christian era to the Late Gothic period. Along the way, we enter catacombs, Early Christian basilicas, palace chapels, Romanesque churches, and Gothic cathedrals. The Christian church as the theater for the arts is Professor Snyder's focus, and he offers a remarkable view of the continuity as well as the diversity of basic asristic forms during this era. With his well-considered use of contemporary sources, and his own trenchant writing style, he brings to life the attitudes, emphases, and interests of the period. His text and the accompanying illustrations offer a comprehensive overview of Medieval art and life.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a highly readable, consistently illuminating tour over the main roads and byways of medieval art, Snyder, a Bryn Mawr professor of art history, tracks the turn to spirituality from Early Christian basilicas filled with celestial symbolism through the flowering of Byzantine, Romanesque and Gothic styles. Familiar signposts are highlightedSan Marco Cathedral in Venice, the Bayeux Tapestry, the Book of Kells, Chartres, Giotto's frescoesbut so are less well-known treasures including Coptic Egyptian apse paintings, cryptic murals in Roman catacombs, 11th century Anglo-Saxon churches, painted icons in a Mount Sinai monastery. An opinionated and rewarding guide, Snyder gauges the 9th century renaissance in the arts against Charlemagne's conscious revival of the ancient state, and later finds echoes of the Middle Ages in Giotto's naturalism. Seventy-three stunning color plates and 615 black-and-white illustrations make this a beautiful book. (Mar.)
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA-- From the catacombs of Rome to the rise of the great Gothic cathedrals of Europe, this book documents a remarkable, but often ignored, period in art history. Snyder's account is a fascinating, comprehensive text on that period. The preface explains the time frame of the book and Snyder's use of the church as ``theatre of the arts'' because it was ``the one unifying factor in European culture'' during those times. Using the church as focus, he demonstrates how changes in painting, sculpture, and ecclesiastical architecture reflect man's progress in pre-Renaissance Europe. The beauties of illuminated manuscript, Romanesque sculptural decoration, and Gothic stained glass are carefully described in context. Excellent comparative diagrams of architectural floor plans and copious photographs and maps provide good visual documentation. There is a wealth of reference material here for students of history and art history. --Jenni Elliott, Episcopal High School, Bellaire, Tex.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810915329
Publisher:
Harry N. Abrams Incorporated
Publication date:
03/01/1989
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
512
Product dimensions:
9.10(w) x 11.84(h) x 1.42(d)

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