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Image and Ornament in the Early Medieval West: New Perspectives on Post-Roman Art

Matthias Friedrich

Scholarship often treats the post-Roman art produced in central and north-western Europe as representative of the pagan identities of the new 'Germanic' rulers of the early medieval world. In this book, Matthias Friedrich offers a critical reevaluation of the ethnic and religious categories of art that still inform our understanding of early medieval art and archaeology. He scrutinises early medieval visual culture by combining archaeological approaches with art historical methods based on contemporary theory. Friedrich examines the transformation of Roman imperial images, together with the contemporary, highly ornamented material culture that is epitomized by 'animal art.' Through a rigorous analysis of a range of objects, he demonstrates how these pathways produced an aesthetic that promoted variety (varietas), a cross-cultural concept that bridged the various ethnic and religious identities of post-Roman Europe and the Mediterranean worlds

Book Details

  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publish Date: Jun 1st, 2023
  • Pages: 300
  • Language: English
  • Dimensions: 10.08in - 6.93in - 0.71in - 1.50lb
  • EAN: 9781009207775
  • Categories: History - European - Medieval

About the Author

Friedrich, Matthias: - A scholar of medieval archaeology and art history, Matthias Friedrich teaches in the Department of Prehistoric and Historical Archaeology at the University of Vienna. He is the author of the award-winning Archäologische Chronologie und historische Interpretation (De Gruyter, 2016) and co-editor of the interdisciplinary volume Interrogating the 'Germanic' (De Gruyter, 2021).