Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches

Medieval Wall Paintings in English and Welsh Churches

by Roger Rosewell


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Highly Commended in the Best Archaeological Book category of the 2008 British Archaeological Awards.

Wall paintings are a unique art form, complementing, and yet distinctly separate from, other religious imageryin churches. Unlike carvings, or stained glass windows, their support was the structure itself, with the artist's "canvas" the very stone and plaster of the church. They were also monumental, often larger than life-size images forpublic audiences. Notwithstanding their dissimilarity from other religious art, wall paintings were also an integral part of church interiors, enhancing devotional imagery and inspiring faith and commitment in their own right, and providing an artistic setting for the church's sacred rituals and public ceremonies.
This book brings together, often for the first time, many of the very best surviving examples of medieval church wall paintings. Using newtechnologies and many previously untried techniques, it allows us to visualize these images as the artists originally intended. The plates are accompanied by an authoritative and scholarly text, bringing the imagery and iconography of the medieval church vividly to life.

ROGER ROSEWELL was educated at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University. A former journalist, he is a Director of a private European art foundation and the news editor of the online stained glass magazine, VIDIMUS.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781843834847
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer, Limited
Publication date: 05/31/2011
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 827,735
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.50(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

A History of Wall Paintings
The Subjects
Patrons and Painters
Making Wall Paintings
Meaning and Understanding
Reformation and Rescue
Subject Guide
Select Bibliography

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