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Romanesque Architectural Sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures Hardcover – November 15, 2006

ISBN-13: 978-0226750637 ISBN-10: 0226750639 Edition: 1st

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  • Series: Charles Eliot Norton Lectures
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press; 1 edition (November 15, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226750639
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226750637
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,280,993 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Schapiro was a figure of seigneurial cosmopolitanism who felt absolutely rooted in his time and place, a man with a serene self-assurance who was insatiably curious about other people and times and places. . . . There may be no American thinker of the mid-century years who was at once so deeply attracted to the grandeur of European ideas and so skeptical about those enormous visions as Meyer Schapiro." —Jed Perl, New Republic

(Jed Perl New Republic)

"[A] profound, delightful book."
(New Statesman 2007-01-05)

"In reading these pages it seems possible to hear Schapiro's own voice, even his laughter or the applause of the audience. It is almost like listening to a recording. . . .[Schapiro] saw the sculptures of Moissac and Vézelay in the light of modern art. That may have been an illusion of a particular moment in the past century. . . . But I know of no more moving, more sympathetic reading of medieval art."
(Willibald Sauerlaender New York Review of Books)

"The Schapiro lectures engage the reasder in an intimate and straightforward manner. . . . A rare glimpse into Schapiro's complex thought process. . . . Schapiro was unique, ahead of his time, and this book which showcases Schapiro's remarkable critical and analytical abilities, is a welcomed addition to his body of work, and without a doubt a significant contribution to the discipline itself."
(Vibeke Olsen Sehepunkt)

"The quality of the text is that of close looking and careful analysis. It is a revelation to read Schapiro on the Eve of Autun."
(Svetlana Alpers Key Reporter)

About the Author

Meyer Schapiro was University Professor at Columbia University. His papers and articles have been collected in numerous books, including Modern Art, Romanesque Art, and Theory and Philosophy of Art.


Linda Seidel is the Hanna Holborn Gray Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago. She has written many books, including Songs of Glory, Legends in Limestone, and Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait.   


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Schapiro, Meyer. Romanesque Architectural Sculpture: The Charles Eliot Norton Lectures. Ed. and intro. Linda Seidel. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

In late winter of 1967 Meyer Schapiro (1904 - 1996) delivered a series of seven weekly lectures at Harvard University's Fogg Museum. The yearly Charles Eliot Norton Lectures were established in 1925 as a lectureship on "poetry in the broadest sense" and named for the university's former professor of fine arts. Schapiro's notes and recordings of these legendary lectures were preserved but never published until this volume, edited with an introduction by Linda Seidel in 2006. The lectures are a summation of Schapiro's half century of thinking and research on Romanesque architectural sculpture.

Scholarship, of course, has moved forward since 1967 but Schapiro's lectures are monumental and remain foundational to any discourse on Romanesque sculpture. The book is one of the texts selected by my professor for her Art History Romanesque and Gothic Sculpture course. The first question Schapiro addresses is how the rebirth of monumental sculpture beginning about 1100 AD occurred after the centuries of dormancy dating from the late classical period of about 300 AD. From that springboard Schapiro refines his approach by chapters through the categories of field, figure, frame, and imagery. He finishes with one chapter each on human and animal sculpture.

These public lectures are an astounding exercise of scholarship yet Schapiro avoids highly technical art and architecture vocabulary and keeps the lecture accessible to the non-specialist art lover. The seven lectures were crafted for a one hour delivery which translates to easily readable bites of about 30 pages each.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ismay barwell on October 26, 2012
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Romanesque Architectual Sculpture It is very descriptive and shows its age. New set of lectures on the topic would be good. Also the pictures are not as goos as those in contemporary books.
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