a medieval masterpiece at Trinity College Dublin
Author: Bernard Meehan
The Book of Kells is the richest and most copiously illustrated book of in the Celto-Saxon style that still survives. However, despite its rarity and fame, there is little that is known about it. Reproducing over sixty of the wonderful images from the book itself, this guide describes the hidden meanings behind the illustrations and opens our eyes to the history behind them. Picking out the most interesting, beautiful and unique images from the 339 vellum leaves that comprise the book as a whole, it gives an illuminating insight into the manuscript and its creation. This book will appeal to everyone from the hundreds of thousands of people visiting the Book of Kells at Trinity College Dublin every year, to those interested in history, art, ancient artefacts or the gospels and anyone with a passion for beautiful objects.
Author: Ben Mackworth-Praed
Publisher: Random House
The most comprehensive and authoritative work ever produced on the National Museum of Ireland's antiauities collection.
Author: National Museum of Ireland
Publisher: Irish Books & Media
The British Library boasts the world's finest collection of medieval manuscripts. In this lavishly illustrated survey, Janet Backhouse draws upon these collections to provide a comprehensive introduction to these exciting and colourful materials.
Ten Centuries of Manuscript Painting in the British Library
Author: Janet Backhouse
This wide-ranging book provides for the first time a complete view of German Gothic church architecture. Architectural historian Norbert Nussbaum surveys church construction from the early thirteenth to the early sixteenth century in the German-language regions of medieval Europe. These areas of the Holy Roman Empire, including Bohemia, Austria, northern Switzerland, Alsace, Silesia, and East Prussia, were hereditary fiefdoms at the time, and their diverse cultures contributed to the extreme variety of German Gothic. Nussbaum looks at this rich period of architectural history from many perspectives and offers an informative tour of dozens of German Gothic churches, spectacular for both their beauty and variety. Soon after the Gothic first influenced German builders in the thirteenth century, it developed in several directions, as Nussbaum shows. The differences are reflected in the great cathedral lodges of Cologne and Strasbourg, the conscious poverty of form expressed by the Mendicant orders, and red brick churches on the North Sea and Baltic coasts. A fourteenth-century synthesis of these styles was at last achieved in Prague Cathedral, the only great church financed by a German
Author: Norbert Nussbaum
Publisher: Yale University Press
Britain has a unique castle heritage, and The Great Castles of Britain and Ireland is a celebration of 50 beautiful, unique and fascinating castles. With stunning photography by Stephen Whitehorne, the book's engaging commentary guides the reader around the interior and exterior of each castle: architecture, furnishings, gardens and more.
Author: Lise Hull,Stephen Whitehorne
Publisher: New Holland Pub Ltd
The St. Cuthbert Gospel (formerly known as the Stonyhurst Gospel) is the earliest surviving intact European book and thus one of the world’s most historically important books. Made in the late seventh century, the manuscript contains a copy of the Gospel of St. John in Latin, that was placed in the coffin of St. Cuthbert when he was re-interred at Lindisfarne in 698. Cuthbert's coffin was subsequently removed to Durham, where it was opened in September 1104 on the occasion of the translation of his remains, and the book was discovered inside. The Gospel was acquired for the collection of the British Library in 2012 after a major fundraising campaign. This new collection of essays is the most substantial study of the book since the 1960s. It includes scholarly pieces on Cuthbert in his historical context; the codicology, text, script and medieval history of the manuscript; the structure and decoration of the binding; the other relics found in Cuthbert's coffin; and the post-medieval ownership of the book.
Studies on the Insular Manuscript of the Gospel of John
Author: Claire Breay,Bernard Meehan
Produced in a pocket-sized, jacketed-paperback format, Phaidon's Miniature Editions make ideal gifts and desirable possessions. Each book features a wealth of finely reproduced colour images. This book brings together some of the most exquisite medieval manuscripts, in a carefully assimilated compilation that is absorbing and accessible.
Author: Editors of Phaidon Press
Publisher: Phaidon Press
The Bayeux Tapestry is the world’s most famous textile–an exquisite 230-foot-long embroidered panorama depicting the events surrounding the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is also one of history’s most mysterious and compelling works of art. This haunting stitched account of the battle that redrew the map of medieval Europe has inspired dreams of theft, waves of nationalism, visions of limitless power, and esthetic rapture. In his fascinating new book, Yale professor R. Howard Bloch reveals the history, the hidden meaning, the deep beauty, and the enduring allure of this astonishing piece of cloth. Bloch opens with a gripping account of the event that inspired the Tapestry: the swift, bloody Battle of Hastings, in which the Norman bastard William defeated the Anglo-Saxon king, Harold, and laid claim to England under his new title, William the Conqueror. But to truly understand the connection between battle and embroidery, one must retrace the web of international intrigue and scandal that climaxed at Hastings. Bloch demonstrates how, with astonishing intimacy and immediacy, the artisans who fashioned this work of textile art brought to life a moment that changed the course of British culture and history. Every age has cherished the Tapestry for different reasons and read new meaning into its enigmatic words and images. French nationalists in the mid-nineteenth century, fired by Tapestry’s evocation of military glory, unearthed the lost French epic “The Song of Roland,” which Norman troops sang as they marched to victory in 1066. As the Nazis tightened their grip on Europe, Hitler sent a team to France to study the Tapestry, decode its Nordic elements, and, at the end of the war, with Paris under siege, bring the precious cloth to Berlin. The richest horde of buried Anglo-Saxon treasure, the matchless beauty of Byzantine silk, Aesop’s strange fable “The Swallow and the Linseed,” the colony that Anglo-Saxon nobles founded in the Middle East following their defeat at Hastings–all are brilliantly woven into Bloch’s riveting narrative. Seamlessly integrating Norman, Anglo-Saxon, Viking, and Byzantine elements, the Bayeux Tapestry ranks with Chartres and the Tower of London as a crowning achievement of medieval Europe. And yet, more than a work of art, the Tapestry served as the suture that bound up the wounds of 1066. Enhanced by a stunning full-color insert that includes reproductions of the complete Tapestry, A Needle in the Right Hand of God will stand with The Professor and the Madman and How the Irish Saved Civilization as a triumph of popular history. From the Hardcover edition.
The Norman Conquest of 1066 and the Making and Meaning of the Bayeux Tapestry
Author: R. Howard Bloch
Publisher: Random House
A beautiful book showcasing in lavish detail the highlights of Durham Cathedral's collection of medieval manuscripts, the finest collection of any English cathedral.
Author: Richard Gameson
Publisher: Third Millenium Pub Limited
"By surveying these elaborate tapestries, delicate carvings, and other objects in roughly the historical sequence in which they were created, we glimpse the evolving styles and artistic traditions of the Middle Ages and gain a more meaningful understanding of the contexts in which many of them appeared. Among the masterpieces on display at The Cloisters are the famed Unicorn Tapestries, the richly carved twelfth-century ivory cross associated with the abbey of Bury St. Edmunds, known as the "Cloisters Cross," the exquisite Annuciation triptych by the Netherlandish painter Robert Campin, and many fine examples of manuscript illumination, enameling, metalwork, and stained glass." "Complete with digital color photography, map, floor plan, and glossary, this book is a contemporary guide that will reward students and enthusiasts of the Middle Ages as well as visitors seeing the Museum for the first time."--BOOK JACKET.
Medieval Art and Architecture
Author: Cloisters (Museum),Peter Barnet,Nancy Y. Wu
Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Category: Architecture, Medieval
International stained glass expert Virginia Raguin traces the emergence of stained glass as a unique art form through an examination of its techniques and symbolism, and the political and historical contexts both ecclesiastical and secular in which it has been displayed. From Romanesque to Gothic Revival, Renaissance to Opalesque,Virginia Raguin reveals her profound knowledge of the naunces of style and the aesthetics of light in this compelling field.
The Art of Light Medieval to Contemporary
Author: Virginia Chieffo Raguin,Mary Clerkin Higgins
Category: Glass painting and staining
The author documents photographically more than eighty Romanesque and Gothic vaults from medieval churches, cathedrals, and basilicas.
Author: David Stephenson
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
From the Seventh Century to the Norman Conquest
Author: David McKenzie Wilson
This book acts as an introduction to some of the most beautiful and historically interesting manuscripts in the collections of the British Library and contains 140 reproductions from this rich tradition.
Author: Janet Backhouse
Publisher: British Library Board
"Thirty miles to the southwest of Venice, in a small park in Padua, lies a modest red brick building, the Scrovegni (or Arena) Chapel, that contains one of the jewels of Early Renaissance art: the most extensive fresco cycle by Giotto. Perfectly preserved, it established Giotto's genius for displacing the Byzantine style of painting and introducing the fundamental principles of Renaissance humanism into art. Painted around 1306, the nearly forty large frescoes that cover the walls and ceiling of the Chapel tell stories from the lives of the Virgin, Christ, and the Virgin's parents, Sts. Joachim and Anne. Created with a subtle yet brilliant array of colors - shimmering blues, golden reds, subtle ivories - these easy-to-read narrative panels have remained comprehensible and evocative to viewers for generations; this may be because, unlike much of the art that preceded Giotto, his images contain sacred figures that behave in human ways, bodies as well as faces that register human feelings familiar to us all. The Scrovegni Chapel is Giotto's masterpiece; it established him as the most famous artist of his day, not only in Italy but in all of Europe. It is little wonder that the art of Giotto has held the attention of Western civilization for over half a millennium"--Bookjacket.
The Scrovegni Chapel, Padua
Author: Bruce Cole
Medieval manuscripts are counted among the greatest glories of Western civilization. With their gold and painted decoration and their charming miniatures, they have always had immense appeal, and images from them can be seen everywhere - from greeting cards and wrapping paper to expensive facsimiles. This entertaining and authoritative book is the first to provide a general introduction to the whole subject of the making of books from the Dark Ages to the invention of printing and beyond. Christopher de Hamel vividly describes the widely different circumstances in which manuscripts were created, from the earliest monastic Gospel Books to university textbooks, secular romances, Books of Hours and classical texts for humanist bibliophiles. As the story unfolds the wonderful variety of manuscripts and their illumination is revealed, and many fundamental questions are answered - who wrote the books, what texts they contained, who read them, how they were made and what purposes they served. Illuminated manuscripts have alway been highly valued, and among them are some of the world's great masterpieces of art. With its lively narrative and many new and superb illustrations, this new edition of a much-praised book provides the perfect introduction to a large and fascinating subject.
Author: Christopher De Hamel
Publisher: Phaidon Press