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The Invention of Norman Visual Culture
Art, Politics, and Dynastic Ambition


  • Date Published: February 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108488167

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  • In this book, Lisa Reilly establishes a new interpretive paradigm for the eleventh and twelfth-century art and architecture of the Norman world in France, England, and Sicily. Traditionally, scholars have considered iconic works like the Cappella Palatina and the Bayeux Embroidery in a geographically piecemeal fashion that prevents us from seeing their full significance. Here, Reilly examines these works individually and within the larger context of a connected Norman world. Just as Rollo founded the Normandy 'of different nationalities', the Normans created a visual culture that relied on an assemblage of forms. To the modern eye, these works are perceived as culturally diverse. As Reilly demonstrates, the multiple sources for Norman visual culture served to expand their meaning. Norman artworks represented the cultural mix of each locale, and the triumph of Norman rule, not just as a military victory but as a legitimate succession, and often as the return of true Christian rule.

    • Establishes a new interpretive paradigm for the eleventh- and twelfth-century art and architecture of the Norman world in France, England, and Sicily
    • Offers new ways of understanding interfaces between religious practice and cultural expression
    • Engages diverse media and disciplines, providing a holistic view of art and culture of the period and places
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    'It is ambitious in its scope, and an easy, stimulating read.' Caroline Bruzelius, Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2020
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108488167
    • length: 224 pages
    • dimensions: 259 x 183 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Vikings into Normans
    3. Anglo-Norman England: from duke to king
    4. Norman Sicily: the invention of a kingdom
    5. Conclusion
    Selected bibliography

  • Author

    Lisa Reilly, University of Virginia
    Lisa Reilly is Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia. She is the author of An Architectural History of Peterborough Cathedral (1997) and Vassar College (2004), editor of Skyscraper Gothic (2017), and served as the editor of Gesta.

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