Richly illustrated, clearly written introduction to Medieval art. The sculptures, tabernacles, tapestries, plates, ivory, and other artifacts of the era, created with meticulous, delicate workmanship, frequently convey deeply religious themes, and their preservation provides a window into cultures that belie the term "Dark Ages." — Mike Hare
An enlightening, accessible guide to understanding and appreciating European art from the Middle Ages
How to Read Medieval Art introduces the art of the European Middle Ages through 50 notable examples from the Metropolitan Museum’s collection, which is one of the most comprehensive in the world. This handsomely illustrated volume includes multi-panel altarpieces, stained glass windows, wooden sculpture, as well as manuscript illuminations, and features iconic masterworks such as the Merode Altarpiece, Unicorn Tapestries, and The Belles Heures of Jean de France, duc de Berry.
Formal explorations of individual works, chosen to exemplify key ideas crucial to understanding medieval art, are accompanied by relevant information about the context in which they were created, conveying the works’ visual nuances but also their broader symbolic meaning. Superb color illustrations further reveal the visual and conceptual richness of medieval art, providing the reader with a deeper understanding of the history and iconography of this pivotal era.
Published by The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Distributed by Yale University Press
About the Author
Wendy A. Stein is a research associate in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.