“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."
"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.