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Artists of the Middle Ages
Ross, Leslie, 1956-
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Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 2003.
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xii, 182 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 26 cm.
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N5975 .R684 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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In the first volume of the Artists of an Era series, Leslie Ross examines the identities of artists attributed to the most famous and influential works of medieval art. These works are much discussed within the realm of art history, yet the identities of medieval artists fall victim to incomplete historical records and often remain enigmatic. In ten narrative chapters, Ross examines this significant area of the art world (including architecture, iconography, metalwork, scribework, sculpture--even medieval art instruction) and summarizes the lives and work of that genre's leading artist or artists.

Students will learn not only what is factually known of an artist's life (as well as what is purely speculative), but also the processes used to gather the information and fuel speculation. Readers will also gain unique insights into the practices and traditions of medieval art and the role it played within medieval society. A timeline, chapter bibliographies, a list of further resources on medieval art, and an index offer additional tools to students of medieval art and art history.

Author Notes

LESLIE ROSS is Professor and Chair of the Art History program at Dominican University of California. She is the author of Medieval Art: A Topical Dictionary (Greenwood Press, 1996) and Text Image, Message: Saints in Medieval Manuscript Illustrations (Greenwood Press, 1994).

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Ross argues that medieval artists were not merely anonymous humble craftsmen, but highly regarded professionals. This idea is not altogether new, but compared with earlier scholars, she more effectively avoids judging medieval artists by expectations developed by and for later Renaissance artists and writers. She also gives greater scope to artists of the 11th and 12th centuries than usual. A historiographical introductory chapter is concise and judicious, and although a large number of medieval artists are mentioned briefly, this book is not so much a survey as a focused treatment of a series of artists working at different times and in different media. For example, separate chapters treat the sculptor Giselbertus of Autun and stone sculpture, the scribe Eadwine of Canterbury and manuscript painters, and the "architect" Villard de Honnecourt and other masons and builders. It is good to see a chapter devoted to the eastern Christian, Byzantine world, focused on the Russian 15th-century icon painter Andrei Rublev, and there is a useful overview of the significant evidence for women as artists. The bibliography and notes are current and well organized, and the book is richly illustrated. ^BSumming Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates through faculty. L. Nees University of Delaware

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: The Medieval Artists: Questions and Considerations
The Romanesque Sculptor: Gislebertus?
The Master of Metalworkers: Rainer of Huy, Godefroid de Claire, Nicholas of Verdun, and Company
The Prince of Scribes: Eadwine The Medieval Architect?
Villard de Honnecourt A Medieval Art Manual by Theophilus Walls of Color and Light: Mural Painting, Mosaics, and Stained Glass
The Panel Painters: Duccio and Company
The Icon Painter: Andrei Rublev Woman Artists of the Medieval
Era Artists of the Courts: The Limbourg Brothers and Their Colleagues Timeline Additional Resources and
Selected Bibliography