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Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England

Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England


  • Date Published: April 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521107525

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  • This book takes as its subject the most important kind of surviving post-Reformation church art and the most important genre of English Renaissance sculpture, the carved stone funeral monument. These complex constructions, comprising not just sculpted figures but also architectural framing, heraldic decoration and inscribed text, were set up in huge numbers during the years around 1600 and still survive in their thousands in parish churches across England. This is a comprehensive account of the subject, Llewellyn examines the place of the tomb in the historiography of English art, issues of patronage and the business of erecting a monument, the tomb-makers, their world and the materials, and Reformist iconoclasm in England and its impact on the tombs. The volume is lavishly illustrated with rare photographs of tombs and monuments and offers a valuable and informative record of one of England's greatest treasures.

    • First comprehensive account in fifty years of the most important kind of English sculpture surviving from the age of Shakespeare
    • The funeral monument is one of the artistic genres to which England made a unique contribution in European art
    • The funeral monument represents the most costly and permanent manifestation of the place of visual art within the elaborate death ritual of the period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    Review of the hardback: 'This is essential reading for art historians, social historians and even students of the politics and economics of the period.' The Art Newspaper

    Review of the hardback: 'Dr Llewellyn is to be commended for establishing a new area of inquiry: the visual culture of churches and the practice of commemoration in early modern England.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History

    Review of the hardback: 'This is undoubtedly an important work which will remain the standard text for the foreseeable future.' Renaissance Studies

    Review of the hardback: 'Llewelyn's study has much to inform the serious 'Reformation' theologian.' Laudetur

    Review of the hardback: 'Llewellyn's study explores the complexities and range of these ambitious works and persuasively argues for their importance as registers of shifting social attitudes and aspirations. this important book deserves the attention not merely of art historians, but of a far wider variety of scholars working on the material culture of post-medieval England.' Post-Medieval Archaeology

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2009
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521107525
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 246 x 189 x 26 mm
    • weight: 0.89kg
    • contains: 250 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Part I. Historiography and the Discourse of Art History:
    1. The antiquaries and the rule of taste
    2. Art history - nation and place
    3. Art history - the period
    4. Art history - artists and the theory of art
    5. Alternatives
    6. In the presence of death
    6. Differentiation, replication and portrayal
    7. Continuity and separation
    8. The Reformation
    9. Emotion and mourning
    9. Monuments to living people
    10. Conclusion
    Part II. Form and Design:
    1. Regional variation
    2. Medieval precedents
    3. England and Europe
    4. Changes through time
    5. The components of design
    6. Recumbent figures
    7. Standing, kneeling and seated figures
    8. Other poses and types
    9. Traditional compositions
    10. Inscriptions
    11. Allegories and histories
    12. Decoration, surface and painted finishes
    Part III. Building Monuments:
    1. Securing and maintaining a place
    2. The business of erecting a monument
    3. Transportation
    4. The tomb-makers and their materials
    5. Materials
    Part IV. Habits and Skills in Visual Culture:
    1. Descriptions
    2. Aesthetic and visual categories
    3. Hierarchies and dangers
    4. Image theory and religious controversy
    5. Iconoclasm
    6. The defence of monuments
    Part V. Exemplifications:
    1. Patrons and society
    2. Monuments and the state
    3. The expression of virtue
    Part VI. Conclusion. Four Discourses:
    1. The four discourses
    2. The architectural frame
    3. The effigial body
    4. The heraldic sign
    5. The inscribed word
    6. English art and the exemplary tradition
    Documents and manuscripts in original and published forms
    Printed materials

  • Author

    Nigel Llewellyn, University of Sussex

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