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Gothic Legacies

Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture

Editor(s): Laura Cleaver, Ayla Lepine
Contributors: Laura Cleaver, Jeong-yon Ha, Ayla Lepine, Peter Nelson Lindfield-Ott, Anne Moignet-Gaultier, Charlotte de Mille,

Book Description

As this exciting contribution to interdisciplinary studies in the arts shows, the art and architecture of the Middle Ages were reworked, reframed and reinterpreted in diverse ways from as early as the sixteenth century. In addition, the definition of “Gothic” art and architecture was used, questioned, and challenged in a range of literature from the Renaissance onwards. The diverse essays in Gothic Legacies: Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation in Art and Architecture demonstrate that the Gothic spirit manifested itself in many visual forms, including furniture, set design, cathedrals, book illustration, and urban architecture. Edited by Laura Cleaver and Ayla Lepine, Gothic Legacies showcases new research by scholars who are united by an interest what “Gothic” could mean in particular contexts, and how it was used across different periods, cultures, and media.

The book’s twelve essays are divided into thematic sections, which identify recurring themes in discussions of the “Gothic”. The authors explore debates around the understanding and use of spolia and ideas about heritage, the relationships between “Gothic” art and literature, and the invocation of concepts of the “Gothic” in opposition to other categorisations (notably Classicism and Modernism). In doing so they shed light on rich dialogues between the present and the past (real or imagined). Featuring interdisciplinary and international contributions from medieval and modern period scholars with fresh academic perspectives, this volume constitutes a valuable resource for anyone with an interest in how and why the art of the Middle Ages was to play such an important role in forming and revising personal, national, and international identities in subsequent works of art and architecture.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-3740-8
ISBN-10: 1-4438-3740-7
Date of Publication: 01/05/2012
Pages / Size: 315 / A5
Price: £44.99


Laura Cleaver is Ussher Lecturer in Medieval Art at Trinity College Dublin.

Ayla Lepine is an Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art.