Medieval Art: From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350

Medieval Art: From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350

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Medieval Art: From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350

Medieval Art: From the Peace of the Church to the Eve of the Renaissance, 312-1350

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"The knife is in the meat, and the drink is in thehorn, and there's revelry in the hall, and except for
a craftsman who brings his craft the gate will not be
open to-night."--Mabinogion.

Art is man's thought expressed in his handwork. The course of art has left a great series of documents for the history of civilisation. Moreover, the quality, importance, and number of monuments are likely to vary according to the greatness of the periods in which they were produced. They are witnesses which cannot lie; they are, indeed, not so much records of the past as samples of actual history. Westminster Abbey is a great piece of the middle of the thirteenth century still projecting above the later strata of English life and effort. Periods of art are those in which a process of development has been set up by which certain ideals have been followed for generations and centuries, so that possibilities of thought-expression have been continuously explored and built up. In such great art are crystallised the aspiration and consciousness of an era of national life.

A wide view of history makes it evident that periods of art have coincided with the crests of general development. Where we have no other chronicle it is safe to argue from . . .

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