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Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England

Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England

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  • Date Published: March 2001
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521782579

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  • This book takes as its subject the most important kind of surviving post-Reformation church art and English Renaissance sculpture, the carved stone funeral monument. These complex constructions, comprising sculpted figures and architectural framing, were set up in huge numbers during the years around 1600 and thousands still survive in parish churches across England. This is the first comprehensive account of the subject for over fifty years. The volume is lavishly illustrated with rare photographs 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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    "Useful...good analysis..." Albion

    "This is essential reading for art historians, social historians and even students of the politics and economics of the period, and it is accompanied by a very useful bibliography." The Art Newspaper

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    • Date Published: March 2001
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521782579
    • length: 500 pages
    • dimensions: 255 x 197 x 39 mm
    • weight: 1.57kg
    • contains: 250 b/w illus. 6 maps
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Acknowledgements
    Preface
    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
    Notes
    Bibliography
    Documents and manuscripts in original and published forms
    Printed materials
    Index.

  • Author

    Nigel Llewellyn, University of Sussex

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