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The Gothic Idol

The Gothic Idol
Ideology and Image-Making in Medieval Art

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Part of Cambridge Studies in New Art History and Criticism

  • Date Published: January 1992
  • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2000
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521424301

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  • By examining the theme of idol-worship in medieval art, this book reveals the ideological basis of paintings, statues and manuscript illuminations that depict the worship of false gods in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. By showing that images of idolatry stood for those outside the Church - pagans, Muslims, Jews, heretics, homosexuals - Camille sheds light on how medieval society viewed both alien 'others' and itself. He links the abhorrence of worshipping false gods in images to an 'image-explosion' in the thirteenth century when the Christian Church was filled with cult statues, miracle-working relics, and 'real' representations in the Gothic style. In attempting to bring the Gothic image to life, Camille shows how images can teach us about attitudes and beliefs in a particular society.

    • HB major review in the Art Bulletin
    • Camille's work has had a significant impact on medieval iconography studies and has contributed to the change in focus
    • HB sold 1200 copies and was stocked by museum bookshops
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    • Date Published: January 1992
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521424301
    • length: 441 pages
    • dimensions: 256 x 177 x 29 mm
    • weight: 1.094kg
    • contains: 181 b/w illus.
    • availability: Unavailable - out of print January 2000
  • Author

    Michael Camille

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