English Art, 871-1100

English Art, 871-1100

English Art, 871-1100

English Art, 871-1100

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The aims of the Oxford History of English Art were stated in some detail in the preface to Volume V, the first of the series to appear. Briefly recapitulated, these aims are to set out chronologically the development of the visual arts as part of the general history of England; to define the English achievement in terms of the main European styles; to try to show the various branches, architecture, painting, sculpture, in their relationships to one another and to those so-called minor arts, which with a peculiar fascination become from time to time dominant themes; Anglo-Saxon jewellery, thirteenth-century embroidery, eighteenth-century furniture.

Different periods will entail somewhat different methods of approach. Dr. Evans in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries emphasized the rise of various forms of patronage. Professor Talbot Rice, dealing with a period where the works of art are far less clearly datable, sets out the general background and then traces the development of the arts under their particular headings. He is fortunate in having in manuscript-illustration of the so-called Winchester school a central feature which stands comparison with anything that we consider great in the English contribution to European art.

T. S. R. B.

MAGDALEN COLLEGE

OXFORD 1951 . . .

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