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Articles for the Paper: Second Half

Second Paper: from Late Byzantine to Late Gothic Art

Remember that the most up-to-date information will be found in articles, not necessarily in books.

  1. The Image of the Virgin Mary
    		There is a vast amount of sources for this topic; the titles below are only the most accessible.  Your task
    		will be to shape this into a cohesive short paper; remember, our course ends about 1300.

    Marina Warner. Alone of all her sex : the myth and the cult of the Virgin Mary. 232.91 W283A

    Peter Lasko. Ars Sacra. 709.02 L345A

    John F. Moffitt. "Balaam or Isaiah in the Catacomb of Priscilla?" Kontshistorisk Tidskrift, vol. LXVI, 12/3 (1997), 77-87. A fairly specialized discussion involving the origins of Mary's virginity.

    Jaroslav Pelikan. Mary Through The Centuries: her Place in the History of Culture. New Haven, 1996. 232.91 P384M

    Golden Legend of Jacobus de Voragine, translated and adapted from the Latin by Granger Ryan and Helmut Ripperger. 922.2 J17G

  2. Mythical or Imaginary Animals and People(not the same as the Animal Style)
    		As we all know, one of the attractions of travel is the chance to meet new people and experience new types of
    		nature.  People of the medieval period reported the existence of all sorts of unusual folks, such as dog-headed
    		men and those with eyes in their chests.  Closer to home, it was widely believed that an entire race of men, women,
    		and children lived in the rural areas; almost naked except for the hair that almost completely covered their bodies.  
    		You could write an entertaining short paper describing these beliefs in detail and how they showed up in art.

    John Block Friedman. Monstrous races in medieval art and thought. 305.8 F911M

    Timothy Husband. The wild man : medieval myth and symbolism. New York, 1981. "Catalog of an exhibition held at the Coisters, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Oct. 9, 1980-Jan. 11, 1981." ILL book.

    Peter Low. "'You Who Once Were Far Off': Enlivening Scripture in the Main Portal at Vezelay." Art Bulletin, vol. LXXXV Number 3, September 2003, 469-489. Have at MSU library.

  3. The Development of Stained Glass
    	Look also at Chartres or other individual churches.

    Hutter, Heribert. Medieval Stained Glass. New York, 1964.

    Whitney S. Stoddard. Monastery and cathedral in France; medieval architecture, sculpture, stained glass, manuscripts, the art of the church treasuries. 726.0944 S869M

    Grodecki, Louis and Catherine Brisac. Gothic Stained Glass 1200-1300. Ithaca N.Y., 1984.

    Frenzel, Gottfried. "The Restoration of Medieval Stained Glass." , vol. 252 n.5 May 1985, pp. 126-135.

  4. The bronze doors of St. Michael, Hildesheim

    A.S. Cohen, et. al., "Bernward and Eve at Hildesheim." Gesta. v. 40 no. 1 (2001) p. 19-38.

    William Tronzo. "The Hildesheim doors: an iconographic source and its implications." Zeitschrift fur Kunstgeschichte v. 46 no. 4 (1983) p. 357-66.

    J. White. "The bronze doors of Bonanus and the development of dramatic narrative." Art History v. 11 (June 1988) p. 149-94. ONLINE JOURNAL

  5. The Cloisters cross
    		This is an ivory cross of extraordinary quality that emerged as the possesion of a decidedly shady art dealer
    		who apparently came upon it during WWII.  After some years of teasing offerings and almost-deals, it ended up at 
    		the Met.  As with so many objects without a provenance, there is still debate as to its place of manufacture,
    		its date, and the status of the missing pieces.  Your paper should outline these problems--you aren't expected
    		to solve any of them!

    Thomas Hoving. King of the confessors. 736.610942 H846K
    In its day a bestseller, this was written by the former director of the Cloisters Museum (remember the video?) and later of the MMA. Wildly self-promoting and self-indulgent version of how the Met found and bought their fabulous ivory cross. The ambitious student will look up some book reviews to get another view of the story (ask the librarian for help.)

    Bernice R. Jones. "A reconsideration of the Cloisters ivory cross with the Caiaphas plaque restored to its base." Gesta v. 30 no. 1 (1991) p. 65-88.

    Peter Lasko. Ars Sacra. 709.02 L345A

  6. The Unicorn Tapestry
    One of the most beautiful and evocative works of Medieval art, and it is in the U.S., at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Your paper should be something like an overview of the seven tapestries that make up this series, with a possible elaboration provided by the novel by Beagle.

    Peter S. Beagle. The Last unicorn.

    		This is a novel; a very sensitively-written variation on the theme of the unicorn and the lady.  If you wish to use this
    		in your paper, I would expect it to be considered in the context of the history and the art of the tapestries.

    Margaret B. Freeman. The unicorn tapestries. 746.394 N532U

    Helmut Nickel. "About the sequence of the tapestries in The Hunt of the unicorn and The Lady with the unicorn." Metropolitan Museum Journal, v. 17 (1982) p. 9-14. Have at MSU.

    C.A.J. Nordenfalk, "The Five senses in late Medieval and Renaissance art." Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes v. 48 (1985) p. 1-22

  7. The High Gothic Cathedral

    Branner. "Chartres Cathedral." Article from Witthoft collection.

    Whitney S. Stoddard. Monastery and cathedral in France; medieval architecture, sculpture, stained glass, manuscripts, the art of the church treasuries. 726.0944 S869M

    High Gothic; the classic cathedrals of Chartres, Reims, Amiens. Translated from the German by James Palmes. 723.5 J35H

Above right: Venice, the Ca'D'Oro. 1421/22 until 1434/38.

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