Studies in Medieval Art and Interpretation


24 x 17 cm
516 pp. 278 illus.
Publication: 2001
ISBN 1 899828 12 5
ISBN-13 978 1 899828 12 8


Book Description

This selection of articles by Walter Cahn, the Carnegie Professor of the History of Art at Yale University, embraces work by the author that spans a period of some thirty years. Professor Cahn’s interests here represented range from the illustration of the lost 10th-century Prayer Book of the late Carolingian Queen Emma to a 15th-century guide to the churches of Rome from the library of Margaret of York, Duchess of Burgundy, though their primary focus is Romanesque art of Latinate Europe in the 11th and the 12th century.

Somewhat against the grain of academic specialization, the author is equally at home in sculpture, painting, book illumination, and fundamental questions of methodology. Among the topics that particularly engage his attention in this collection are connections between art and Biblical exegesis, Cistercian art and imagery, the role of art in the expression of orthodox and heretical beliefs, and perhaps most insistently, the figuration of religious, social and political structures within the pictorial languages of the medieval world.


  • Preface
  • A Defense of the Trinity in the Citeaux Bible
  • The Tympanum of the Saint-Anne Portal of Notre-Dame de Paris and the Iconography of the Division of the Powers in the Early Middle Ages
  • Observations on Corbeil
  • A King from Dreux
  • Moses ben Abraham’s ‘Chroniques de la Bible’
  • St. Albans and the Channel Style in England
  • Solomonic Elements in Romanesque Art
  • Three Eleventh-Century Manuscripts from Nevers
  • The Rule and the Book. Cistercian Manuscript Illumination in Burgundy and Champagne
  • The Psalter of Queen Emma
  • Heresy and the Interpretation of Romanesque Art
  • The Frescoes of San Pedro de Arlanza
  • Margaret of York’s Pilgrimage Guide to the Churches of Rome
  • Romanesque Sculpture and the Spectator
  • Architecture and Exegesis: Richard of Saint-Victor’s Ezekiel Commentary and its Illustrations
  • Benedict and Bernard: The Ladder Image in the Anchin Manuscript
  • Additional Notes
  • Index

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