Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art

Academic journal article Medium Aevum

The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art

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The Meanings of Nudity in Medieval Art, ed. Sherry C. M. Lindquist (Farnham and Burlington, Vt: Ashgate, 2012). xx + 354 pp. ISBN 978-1-409-422-846. ?95.00. From Noah to Lynndie England, from Kenneth Clark to Leo Steinberg: nudity in the visual arts is a challenging subject, not only because our (mis)understandings of it are so distorted by the cultural lens of our own world, but also, with respect to the Middle Ages, because of the coexistence of so many different competing meanings for a phenomenon that spans the popular, courtly, and Christian worlds, eroticism, theology, and the sublime. The twelve studies by US art historians brought together by Sherry Lindquist in this collection of quite exceptional quality explore a range of different aspects of the theme in sculpture and manuscript illumination from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Renaissance, occasionally drawing on other media such as pilgrim badges, stained glass, and choir stalls. …

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