Word and Image: An Introduction to Early Medieval Art

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Further Reading in English
Alexander J. Medieval Illuminators and Their Methods of Work. New Haven, 1992. Though not limited to early medieval art, this book is full of fascinating evidence about the production of medieval manuscripts.
The Art of Medieval Spain, A.D. 500-1200. New York, 1993. Catalogue of an exhibition organized by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, but unfortunately never held. Spanish material plays only a small part in my book owing to lack of space, but the early medieval pictorial tradition there was rich, varied, and extremely interesting because of the interaction of Christianity and Islam.
Backhouse J. The Lindisfarne Gospels. Oxford, 1981. This is a concise, affordable, and extremely well illustrated monograph on this important manuscript.
Backhouse J., D. H. Turner, and L. Webster, eds. The Golden Age Anglo-Saxon Art, 966-1066. London, 1984. This is a well-illustrated catalogue of a British Museum exhibition.
Barasch M. Icon: Studies in the History of an Idea. New York, 1992. Although not dealing directly with the early medieval West, this book provides a useful introduction to classical, late antique, and Byzantine image theory.
Barral i X. Altet The Early Middle Ages from Late Antiquity to A.D. 1000. Cologne, 1997. A volume in the well-illustrated Taschen's World Architecture series, this book has many color plates of what remains of early medieval architecture as well as a reliable text.
Belting H. Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image Before the Era of Art. Translated by E. Jephcott . Chicago, 1994. In this broad-ranging study of the image in the Middle Ages, emphasizing the cult of icons and their use in Christian ritual, Belting argues (as the polemic subtitle indicates) that the medieval image was not art in the modern sense.
Brown P. The Cult of the Saints. Its Rise and Function in Latin Christianity. Chicago, 1981. This remarkable study of the origin of the medieval cult of saints and relics indicates the continuities and especially the breaks with the classical tradition.
Calkins R. Illuminated Books of the Middle Ages. Ithaca, 1983. The first five chapters of this book concern early medieval manuscripts. Particular attention is paid to the insular gospel books, the Vivian Bible, Charles the Bald's Codex aureus, and the Drogo Sacramentary.
Carver M. Sutton Hoo: Burial Ground of Kings? Philadelphia, 1998. This accessible treatment of Sutton Hoo is written by the current excavator.
Conant K. Carolingian and Romanesque Architecture 800 to 1200. Harmondsworth, England, 1966. Although somewhat outdated, this is nevertheless one of the few scholarly treatments of early medieval architecture in English.
Davis-Weyer C., ed. Early Medieval Art, 300-1150. Toronto, 1986. The selections included here of early medieval texts about art are both interesting and useful.
Dodwell C. The Pictorial Arts of the West, 800-1200. New Haven, 1993. In this well-illustrated introduction to medieval manuscript illumination and wall painting, the author's focus is almost entirely on the history of style.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Illustrations vii
  • Acknowledgments xi
  • Introduction - The Character of Early Medieval Art 1
  • 1 - Books for the Illiterate? Art in an Oral Culture 9
  • 2 - Art in the Service of the Word 45
  • 3 - Books for the Illiterate? 71
  • 4 - The Crisis of Word and Image 99
  • 5 - Inscriptions and Images: 127
  • Conclusion - "Brother, What Do You Think of This Idol?" 139
  • Notes 149
  • Further Reading in English 153
  • Index 157
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