The Antique Memory and the Middle Ages

Edited by Ivan Foletti and Zuzana Frantová
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pp. 176, 108 tav. b/n f.t. e 16 tav. col. f.t., 17x24 cm, bross
ISBN: 9788867281572
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This volume was born from a desire to leave a tangible trace of the scholarly encounters that have taken place in the past two years at the Center for Early Medieval Studies of the Department of Art History at Masaryk University in Brno. Speaking in various forums Xavier Barral i Altet, Nicolas Bock, Valentina Cantone, Herbert Kessler, Serena Romano and Elisabetta Scirocco have sparked exciting discussions of what continues to be known as a Middle Age.

The common denominator that unites all of the scholarly work presented was the dialogue between the medieval “present” and the antique world: from Venice through Campania to Milan, from Constantinople to Burgundy, there emerged an intellectual and visual experience that suggests the medieval period was a uniquely fertile moment for engagement with the heritage of antiquity, filtered and mediated in different ways, but ever present.

The purpose of this volume is to understand why and how patterns, images and ideas from the mythical (but visible) ancient past were received throughout the medieval millennium. We seek, that is, to understand why, hic et nunc, clients and workshops deliberately chose to speak in a “classicizing” aesthetic language, or to appropriate concepts belonging to the antique tradition wholesale.

  • Ivan Foletti, Zuzana Frantová, Introduction
  • Herbert L. Kessler, The Cotton Genesis in situ: An Early Christian Manuscript Cycle on the Walls of a Thirteenth-Century Venetian Church
  • Xavier Barral i Altet, The Role of the Culture of Late-antique Sarcophagi in the Construction of Narrativity of the Bayeux Embroidery
  • Valentina Cantone, Echoes of Antiquity in Middle Byzantine Miniatures: A Matter of Style
  • Elisabetta Scirocco, Jonah, the Whale and the Ambo. Image and Liturgy in Medieval Campania
  • Serena Romano, Visconti Painting at Pandino Castle. Antique and Modern in Fourteenth-Century Lombardy
  • Nicolas Bock, Dreaming of Antiquity. Trojan Heroes and Their Public at the Court of Burgundy
  • Index of names
  • Index of places
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