Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Contexts: Style and Values in Medieval Art and Literature

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

Contexts: Style and Values in Medieval Art and Literature

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Contexts: Style and Values in Medieval Art and Literature, ed. Daniel Poirion and Nancy Freeman Regalado, Yale French Studies, Special Issue, 1991. 290 pp.; 50 illustrations. ISBN 0-300-05034-8. $5.00. This collection of articles, with an introduction by Nancy Freeman Regalado and an afterword by Daniel Poirion, has as its declared aim the provision of perspectives that can reveal the place of each artistic object within its cultural landscape and concepts, and that can enable us to discover medieval expectations and intentions while acknowledging our own. The contributions are grouped under the following headings: 'Images, texts, and contexts'; 'Romanesque Middle Ages?'; 'Gothic Middle Ages?; 'Baroque Middle Ages?'. In a generally useful collection of articles, there are some of more particular interest in relation to the light thrown on individual works of art and texts within their contemporary context and, in more general terms, on fruitful approaches to medieval art, literature and music. For example, Linda Seidel's article, 'The value of verisimilitude in the art of Jan van Eyck', underlines the importance of mirrors in the paintings and suggests that in each instance a 'reflection' of nature that the viewer corroborates is at the core of the painting's construction, and that seeing is presented as a contractual relationship. Michael Camille's investigation of the image of the medieval kiss is also stimulating. …

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