Romanesque Art - Andreas Petzold - 1995 Prentice Hall Paperback

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Blurb: “What is Romanesque?

The art and culture of Europe between 1050 and 1200 have traditionally been viewed as meager and impoverished.

Now a new book takes a fresh look at this period and reveals a world of unexpected beauty. Accomplished, ornate sculp-ture,

intricate goldwork and enamel, brilliant manuscript illumination, dazzling mosaic and glass characterize the art of the so-called "Dark Ages."

Andreas Petzold examines medieval European art in the broader context of its relationship to the art of Byzantium and Islam, tracing the influences among these cultures through trade and the Crusades. He views Romanesque art in terms of the social structures that organized the medieval world-

-church, princely court, peasant society-discover-ing on the way the important role of women as artists and patrons, the complex relationships among religious and secular institutions, and the ways that sculpture, architecture, painting, and other art forms developed in style and technique to express a world no longer Classical but not yet Gothic.

Petzold reveals a culture that is rich and varied, sophisticated and refined. Splendid illustrations of architecture, metal-work, stained glass, painting, and textiles reveal that the art of Romanesque Europe is anything but dark.

ANDREAS PETZOLD is Assistant Curator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and a professor at the Open University.

On the cover: Master Hugo, detail of the frontispiece to the Book of Deuteronomy, illuminated page from the Bury Bible, English, c. 1135. Courtesy the Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England

133 illustrations, including 121 plates in full color, and 1 map”