Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary

Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary

Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary

Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary

Synopsis

Designed as a quick-reference source to the topics, symbols, themes, and stories most frequently found in early Christian, western medieval, and Byzantine art, this work describes topics that include names and narratives drawn from the Bible and apocrypha, the lives of saints, and numerous other textual sources. Authors whose works were frequently illustrated or who were influential on the visual arts are treated, as are selected art historical terms and events of significance for the arts. Cross-references alert readers to alternate titles and related topics, and the majority of entries cite a pictorial example. These are keyed to standard texts for easy viewing access. The dictionary begins with Aaron and ends with Zoomorphic Decoration.

Excerpt

This dictionary has been designed to provide a quick reference source for identifying and comprehending the subjects, stories, symbols, and themes frequently represented in early Christian, western medieval, and Byzantine art. Identifying and understanding the subject matter of works of art is a critical stage in art historical analysis and interpretation as well as in general appreciation of art. the entries in this dictionary provide information about pictorial subjects, terms, signs, and symbols and also include descriptions of texts and authors whose works were frequently illustrated or who provided inspiration for the visual arts during the Middle Ages. the purpose of this dictionary is thus to provide readers with basic information about the main subjects and interests found in western and Byzantine art of the medieval period.

The entries cover topics relevant to the beginnings and development of Christian pictorial arts in the first centuries A.D. up through the fifteenth century late Gothic period in the west, and, for the Byzantine world, the 1453 fall of Constantinople. Pictorial topics listed in this dictionary include many subjects, names, and narratives drawn from the Bible, the Apocrypha, the lives of saints, and numerous other texts, as well as entries explaining general subjects (such as animals, symbolism OF). the reader will also find entries identifying art historical terminology (such as zoomorphic DECORATION), historical events of importance for the arts (such as iconoclastic CONTROVERSY), and concepts significant for the general understanding of medieval art (such as TYPOLOGY).

The focus of this dictionary is on Christian pictorial art. Terminology specific to architecture will not be found in this dictionary, nor topics exclusive to medieval Jewish or Islamic art. Although many of the topics covered are by no means restricted to the medieval period, this dictionary concentrates on the distinctive ways in which the pictorial subjects were represented in the Middle Ages.

The entries themselves are preceded by an introduction which contains a short . . .

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