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The Gothic Idol: Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art
     

The Gothic Idol: Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art

by Michael Camille
 

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By examining the theme of idol-worship in medieval art, this book reveals the ideological basis of paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations that depict the worship of false gods in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. By showing that images of idolatry stood for those outside the Church - pagans, Muslims, Jews, heretics, homosexuals - Camille sheds light on

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By examining the theme of idol-worship in medieval art, this book reveals the ideological basis of paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations that depict the worship of false gods in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. By showing that images of idolatry stood for those outside the Church - pagans, Muslims, Jews, heretics, homosexuals - Camille sheds light on how medieval society viewed both alien 'others' and itself. He links the abhorrence of worshipping false gods in images to an 'image-explosion' in the thirteenth century when the Christian Church was filled with cult statues, miracle-working relics, and 'real' representations in the Gothic style. In attempting to bring the Gothic image to life, Camille shows how images can teach us about attitudes and beliefs in a particular society.

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Camille (art history, U. of Chicago) examines the ideological basis of paintings, statues, and manuscript illuminations that depict the worship of false gods in the 13th and 14th centuries. He shows that the images of idolatry stood for outsiders--pagans, Muslims, Jews, heretics, and homosexuals--in contrast to the cult statues, relics, and realistic representations within the Church. He also generalizes about images as evidence for a society's beliefs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521424301
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/25/1991
Series:
Cambridge New Art History and Criticism Series
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
441
Product dimensions:
7.01(w) x 9.96(h) x 1.14(d)

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