The Medieval Calendar Yearby Bridget Ann Henisch
The Medieval Calendar Year celebrates the pictorial convention known as "The Labors of the Months" and the ways in which it was used in the Middle Ages. The traditional cycle depicts the year as a round of seasonal activities on the land. Each month has its allotted task, and each of these represents one stage in the never-ending process of providing food for society. The small scenes that made up the cycle were well known and used widely throughout Europe. They were sculpted in stone, carved in wood, painted on glass and on manuscript pages. Richly illustrated with more than 100 images, The Medieval Calendar Year is a book worthy of the beautiful and beguiling tradition it describes. Bridget I lenisch's accompanying analysis will help readers appreciate the social reality that lies hidden, even masked, behind the sumptuous imagery. This book is for all who are interested in the history and culture of medieval Europe.
“The pictorial calendar reflecting the “Labors of the Month” was a highly popular genre throughout the Middle Ages, but especially during the late Middle Ages. In her delightful and well researched study, Bridget Ann Henisch provides an extensive and very detailed examination of the art historical material contained in the pictorial calendar.
She writes, as it seems, both for the scholar and the general reader, and succeeds in striking a beautiful balance. Her choice of words is just delightful and exemplary, which does not diminish the scholarly quality of this study. The visual quality of the figures and plates is excellent, adding considerable aesthetic value to an insightful investigation of an important art-historical topic.”
—Dr. Albrecht Classen, Mediaevistik
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Meet the Author
Bridget Ann Henisch is the author of Fast and Feast: Food in Medieval Society (1976) and the co-author, with Heinz K. Henisch, of Positive Pleasures: Early Photography and Humor (1998), The Painted Photograph, 1839–1914: Origins, Techniques, Aspirations (1996), The Photographic Experience, 1839–1914: Images and Attitudes (1994), all from Penn State.
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