The Medieval World: The Walters Art Museum presents some of the most important aspects of medieval art, through the examination of nearly 150 stunning objects from the Walters Art Museum, one of the richest collections of medieval art in the United States. It features superb examples of sculpture and carvings, metal and enamel work, stained glass, jewellery and illuminated manuscripts, ranging in date from the Romanesque and early Byzantine period to the late Gothic and early Renaissance period.
Divided into subjects such as the classical tradition and artistic process in the Middle Ages, the church as a heavenly space, saints, relics and devotion, and earthly possessions, each chapter is generously illustrated with artworks, special feature boxes, and details, which provide a fuller understanding of both the formal qualities and social context of medieval art.
A wonderfully written and illustrated introduction to the subject of medieval art and society, The Medieval World also features an extensive checklist, bibliography and index.
Martina Bagnoli is the Robert and Nancy Hall Curator and head of the Department of Medieval Art at the Walters Art Museum, where she organized the exhibitions Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe (2010), Prayers in Code: Renaissance French Books of Hours (2009) and The Special Dead: A Medieval Reliquary Revealed (2008). She is adjunct associate professor at Johns Hopkins University, where she teaches medieval art, and is the author of Prayers in Code: Books of Hours from Renaissance France (2009) and coeditor of Treasures of Heaven: Saints, Relics, and Devotion in Medieval Europe (2010).
Kathryn Gerry is an Andrew W. Mellon post-doctoral Fellow in the Department of Medieval Art at the Walters Art Museum. She has published articles on a range of medieval topics and presented her research at institutions across the United States and Europe, edited two volumes of collected papers Art and Nature: Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture (2009) and A New Look at Old Things: Revisiting the Medieval Collections of the Walters Art Museum (2011), and organized the exhibition The Saint Johns Bible: A Modern Vision through Medieval Methods (2009).
A beautifully illustrated introduction to the world of medieval art, featuring superb examples of sculpture and carvings, metal and enamel work, stained glass, jewellery and illuminated manuscripts from the world-renowned collection at the Walters Art Museum.
A celebration of the creativity, ingenuity and skill of the craftspeople that produced these works of art, as well as the tastes of those who owned them.
Features a fascinating chapter on the revived interest in medieval art among nineteenth- and early twentieth-century collectors and scholars, including Henry Walters who founded the museum.