Image on the Edge: The Margins of Medieval Art (Essays in Art and Culture) Illustrated Edition
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About the Author
- Item Weight : 15.5 ounces
- Paperback : 176 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0948462280
- ISBN-13 : 978-0948462283
- Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Publisher : Reaktion Books; Illustrated Edition (August 1, 2004)
- Language: : English
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The scholarship is unimpeachable and the book is used in many college and graduate level classes, but don't let that scare you off.
It is fun to read even for the casual reader.
What do they all mean - the apes, the dragons, pot-bellied heads, and somersaulting jongleurs to be find protruding from the edges of medieval buildings and in the margins of illuminated manuscripts? Michael Camille explores that riotous realm of marginal art so often explained away as mere decorations or amusing doodles. He shows that the true nexus of innovation in the art of the time is not to be found where so many have sought it - within the heavily conventionalized centre - but on the edge, where resistance to medieval social constraints flourished.
Medieval image-makers focused attention on the underside of society, the excluded and the ejected. These peasants, servants, prostitutes and beggars all found there place, along with knights and clerics, engaged in impudent antics in the margins of prayer-books or, as gargoyles, on the outside of churches. Camille brings us to an understanding of how marginality functioned in medieval culture and shows us just how scandalous, subversive and amazing the art of the time could be.