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The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture

1st Edition

Edited by Jennifer M. Feltman, Sarah Thompson

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Traditional histories of medieval art and architecture often privilege the moment of a work’s creation, yet surviving works designated as "medieval" have long and expansive lives. Many have extended prehistories emerging from their sites and contexts of creation, and most have undergone a variety of interventions, including adaptations and restorations, since coming into being. The lives of these works have been further extended through historiography, museum exhibitions, and digital media. Inspired by the literary category of biography and the methods of longue durée historians, the introduction and seventeen chapters of this volume provide an extended meditation on the longevity of medieval works of art and the aspect of time as a factor in shaping our interpretations of them. While the metaphor of "lives" invokes associations with the origin of the discipline of art history, focus is shifted away from temporal constraints of a single human lifespan or generation to consider the continued lives of medieval works even into our present moment. Chapters on works from the modern countries of Italy, France, England, Spain, and Germany are drawn together here by the thematic threads of essence and continuity, transformation, memory and oblivion, and restoration. Together, they tell an object-oriented history of art and architecture that is necessarily entangled with numerous individuals and institutions.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

List of Figures

List of Color Plates

Acknowledgements

Why the Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture? An Introduction, Jennifer M. Feltman

Essence and Continuity

  1. How Long are the Lives of Medieval Buildings? Framing Spatio-temporalities in the Study of the Built World, Nicola Camerlenghi
  2. Lost in Translation: Destroyed Sculpture, Invented Images, and the Long Life of the Virgin of Le Puy, Elisa A. Foster
  3. Flying Pigs, Fiery Whirlwinds and a 300-year Old Virgin: Costume and Continuity in a Sacred Performance, Laura Jacobus
  4. Transformation

  5. San Quirce de Burgos: One Medieval Transformation in the Life of a Romanesque Church, Amanda W. Dotseth
  6. Recycling Santa Tecla: The Demolition and Continued Life of an Early Christian Basilica, Charles R. Morscheck
  7. Picturing the Long Life of Notre-Dame de Louviers, Kyle G. Sweeney
  8. Re-use, Recycle? The Long Life of an Unfinished French Book of Hours, Emily N. Savage
  9. Narration

  10. Resurrecting the Medieval Altar: Iberian Virgins in the Gothic Castilian Imagination and in Contemporary Museum Contexts, Maeve O’Donnell-Morales
  11. The Portal from Coulangé: A Peripatetic Journey, Nancy Wu
  12. Ownership, Censorship, and Digital Repatriation: Excavating Layers of History in the Carrow Psalter, Lynley Anne Herbert
  13. Memory and Oblivion

  14. Restoration, Revival, Remembrance: The Nineteenth-Century Lives of the Lorenzetti Chapter House Frescoes from San Francesco, Siena, Imogen Tedbury
  15. The Victory Cross Redux: Ritual, Memory, and Politics in the Aftermath of the Spanish Civil War, Matilde Mateo
  16. The Magdeburg Rider on Display in Modern Germany, William J. Diebold
  17. Restoration

  18. The Salvage of the Benevento Bronze Doors after World War II, Cathleen Hoeniger
  19. Preservation, Restoration, and the Tomb of the "Founder" at Salisbury, Catherine Emma Walden
  20. Understanding the Restoration at Chartres, Meredith Cohen
  21. The Power of Absence: The Missing North Tower at Saint-Denis, Sarah Thompson

Index

About the Editors

Jennifer M. Feltman is a specialist in the art and architecture of twelfth- and thirteenth-century Europe. She has published on the Last Judgment programs at the cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, and Lincoln and is editor and contributor to The North Transept of Reims Cathedral: Design, Construction, and Visual Programs (Routledge, 2016). She is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture at The University of Alabama, USA.

Sarah Thompson is an art historian focusing on Gothic architecture. Her research has addressed the concept of Gothic as a stylistic category, and she has published on medieval architectural design process and on the functions of Gothic ruins. Her current book project, Picturing Gothic, analyzes the postmedieval visual representation of Gothic architecture. She is Associate Professor of Art History at the Rochester Institute of Technology, USA.

About the Series

AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art

AVISTA Studies in History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art is a series organised by AVISTA (The Association Villard de Honnecourt for Interdisciplinary Study of Medieval Technology, Science and Art). The aim of the series is to promote the cross-disciplinary objectives of AVISTA by publishing in the areas of the history of science, technology, architecture, and art. The society takes its name from Villard (Wilars) de Honnecourt, an elusive persona of the 13th century whose autograph portfolio contains a variety of fascinating drawings and descriptions of both the fine and mechanical arts.

For further information about the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

 

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