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The Gothic Screen
Space, Sculpture, and Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany, ca.1200–1400

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  • Date Published: December 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107022959


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  • At the heart of Gothic cathedrals, the threshold between nave and sanctuary was marked by the choir screen, a partitioning structure of special complexity, grandeur, and beauty. At once a canopy for altars, a stage for performance, a pedestal for crucifixes and reliquaries, and a ground for spectacular arrays of narrative and iconic sculptures, the choir screen profoundly shaped the spaces of liturgy and social interaction for the diverse communities, both clerical and lay, who shared the church interior. For the first time, this book draws together the most important examples - some fully extant, others known through fragments and graphic sources - from thirteenth- and fourteenth-century France and Germany. Through analyses of both their architectural and sculptural components, Jacqueline E. Jung reveals how these furnishings, far from being barricades or hindrances, were vital vehicles of communication and shapers of a community centered on Christian rituals and stories.

    • Presents new observations on some of the greatest monuments of Gothic architecture and sculpture in France and Germany
    • Offers a new understanding of medieval church architecture as a dynamic visual environment inhabited by a diverse array of people
    • Lavishly illustrated with new photographs
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    • Co-Winner, 2017 John Nicholas Brown Prize, The Medieval Academy of America

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    Product details

    • Date Published: December 2012
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107022959
    • length: 328 pages
    • dimensions: 287 x 220 x 20 mm
    • weight: 1.17kg
    • contains: 180 b/w illus. 30 colour illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. The Screen as Sculpture:
    1. The choir screen as partition
    2. The choir screen as bridge
    3. The choir screen as frame
    Part II. The Sculpture on the Screen:
    4. Women, men, and the social order
    5. Jews, Christians, and the question of the individual
    6. Nobles, peasants, and the vernacular mode

  • Author

    Jacqueline E. Jung, Yale University, Connecticut
    Jacqueline E. Jung is Assistant Professor of Medieval Art and Architecture in the Department of History of Art at Yale University, Connecticut. She is the author of articles in The Art Bulletin, Gesta, and numerous anthologies and catalogs both in the United States and Germany, as well as the translator of several seminal art historical writings, most notably Aloïs Riegl's Historical Grammar of the Visual Arts (2004).


    • Co-Winner, 2017 John Nicholas Brown Prize, The Medieval Academy of America
    • Winner of the 2013 PROSE Award for Art History and Criticism
    • Winner of the 2013 PROSE Award for Art History and Criticism

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