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Art of the Middle Ages (World of Art)

Janetta Rebold Benton

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An eloquent and informative survey of medieval art and architecture


In spite of all the changes in our values and beliefs, the art of the Middle Ages still speaks to us across the centuries. Not only do the great cathedrals remain, many with their spectacular decorations and stained glass, but also a rich treasure trove of paintings, manuscript illuminations, tapestries, sculpture and jewelry.

This study encompasses the whole period from Early Christian to late Gothic, the whole of Europe from Ireland to Byzantium, and the whole range of art and architecture. The connections between art and society are particularly stressed, as are the ways in which artistic techniques – such as those used in metalwork and textiles – determined what was produced.

Comprehensive and accessible, as well as lavishly illustrated, this is the ideal introduction to a subject that is both visually exciting and profoundly significant to Western culture.

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Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 21.0 x 15.0 cm

Extent: 320 pp

Illustrations: 250

Publication date: 27 May 2002

ISBN: 9780500203507

About the Author

Janetta Rebold Benton is the Distinguished Professor of Art History at Pace University, NY. She is the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar Awards, to China in 2018 and Russia in 2012, and previously lived in Paris. Dr. Benton has presented subscription seminars at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, since 1988 and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC, 1988-2011, and lectures elsewhere in the US, Europe, and Asia. Dr. Benton holds degrees from Harvard University, MDP diploma; Brown University, Ph.D.; George Washington University, MA; and Cornell University, BFA. How to Understand Art is her ninth book.