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The reign of Louis IX of France is widely recognized as one of the most important in the history of medieval France. Art and the Crusade in the Age of St. Louis examines the art patronage of the French king during the formative period of his reign. Focusing on the Sainte-Chapelle (the palace chapel and reliquary constructed in Paris) and the Arsenal Old Testament (an illuminated Bible made to commemorate the king's disastrous crusade to the Holy Land). Daniel Weiss examines these works within their social, political, and religious contexts. This study offers a new perspective on the meaning of art during a defining moment in the history of medieval France and, more generally, thirteenth-century society in the East and West.Read more
- Book is writen as a narrative and will be of interest to non-specialists
- Connects art of Gothic Paris with that of the Crusader Holy Land
- Offers new interpretation of the artistic patronage of the pre-eminent king of 13th-century France, Louis IX
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- Date Published: February 1999
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521621304
- length: 296 pages
- dimensions: 262 x 186 x 24 mm
- weight: 1.015kg
- contains: 96 b/w illus. 8 colour illus.
- availability: Unavailable - out of print November 2005
Table of Contents
Part I. Structuring the Ideal: The Sainte-Chapelle in Paris:
1. A new holy land
2. The revelation of a Capetian cosmology
3. Solomonic kingship and the new temple
4. The opportunity of the Crusade
Part II. Recording the Experience: The Arsenal Old Testament and the Holy Land:
5. The historical moment
6. The production of the cycle
7. Pictorial langauge in Crusader painting
8. The search for meaning: Biblical history and the ideological paradox.
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