Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands 1325-1515

Illuminating Fashion: Dress in the Art of Medieval France and the Netherlands 1325-1515

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A comprehensive study of dress in Northern Europe from the early fourteenth century to the beginning of the Renaissance, this new book is the first thorough study of the history of fashion in this period based solely on firmly dated or datable works of art. It draws on illuminated manuscripts, early printed books, tapestries, paintings, and sculpture from museums and libraries around the world. Examining the role of social customs and politics in influencing dress, at a time of rapid change in fashion, this fully illustrated volume demonstrates the richness of symbolism in medieval art and how artists used clothing and costume to help viewers interpret an image. At the heart of the work is 'A Pictorial History of Fashion, 1325 to 1515', an album of over 300 illustrations with commentary. This is followed by a comprehensive glossary of medieval English and French clothing terms and an extensive list of dated and datable works of art Accompanies an Exhibition at The Morgan Library & Museum, New York 20 May- September 4, 2011
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Product details

  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 340 x 229 x 49.02mm | 2,893.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 340 col
  • 1904832903
  • 9781904832904
  • 738,733

Table of contents

Acknowledgments Director's Foreword by William M. Griswold Tribute to Anne H. van Buren by Gregory T. Clark Introduction - Dress in Late Medieval Art The Historical Conditions Chronology and Geography Emblematics of Medieval Dress The Visual Record The Nature of the Images Using the Images Today Album - A Pictorial History of Fashion, 1325-1515 Glossary: English and French Clothing Terms Appendix: Dated and Datable Works of Art F. France B. The Burgundian Realm H. Northern Netherlands and Adjacent German Territories Abbreviations Bibliography: Works Cited in Abbreviated Form Index of Art Index of Clothing Terms
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"an invaluable resource for attribution and dating" Reference and Research Book News

"The quality of the illustrations is exceptional, and the time line of 300-plus images is replete with lucid commentary" K. E. Staab, Choice

"Visually informative and very attractive" Jane Bridgeman, The Art Newspaper

"Highly recommended" Andrea Walton, ARLIS

"a definitive guide to medieval fashion that should prove useful for scholars and designers alike" Karen Rosenberg, The New York Times

"This volume is a feast for the eyes as well as an invaluable tool for specialists and non specialists in the field of fashion" Nuova Informazione Bibliografica
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About Anne van Buren

Anne Hagopian van Buren, who died in 2008, was an eminent art historian. A specialist in medieval and Netherlandish art, she was the editor of Early Netherlandish Paintings: Rediscovery, Reception and Research (2005). Roger S. Wieck is curator of Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts at the Morgan Library & Museum and author of 'Late Medieval and Renaissance Illuminated Manuscripts: 1350-1522, In the Houghton Library' (2005) and 'Time Sanctified: The Book of Hours in Medieval Art and Life' (2001).
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