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Art of the Middle Ages (World of Art)

Art of the Middle Ages (World of Art)
Author: Janetta Rebold Benton
ISBN 13: 9780500203507
ISBN 10: 500203504
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Thames and Hudson
Publication Date: 2002-12-31
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
List Price: $18.95

Benton (art history, Pace U., Pleasantville, NY) has written a thoughtful text suitable for introductory undergraduate courses in art history. The text proceeds chronologically, with attention throughout to themes that include use, production, patronage, politics, and religion. Unfortunately, as is common now for introductory texts, almost no ground plans are included with the many works of architecture described. A glossary and chronology are provided. Annotation ©2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR


Eleven chapters cover the period from 300 AD-1400 AD, which encompasses Early Christian and Byzantine art through Gothic art. The text is supplemented by 250 illustrations, 90 of which are in color. Art of the Middle Ages is not focused on individual artists and personal styles. Instead, we are faced with a series of monuments and works defined by historical forces and geographic areas. The combination of authoritative text and excellent photography, drawings, plans, manuscript illuminations, and stained glass window reproductions results in a high-quality, affordable introduction and overview. Historical events juxtaposed with art historical events in the chronology are also supported in the text. The attractive layout contains ample white space. This is an economical yet thorough treatment of this period of art. Classes and individuals will equally profit from this book. Highly recommended. Category: The Arts. KLIATT Codes: SA Recommended for senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 2002, Norton, Thames & Hudson, 320p. illus. maps. bibliog. index., , Norwood, MA