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Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England - Nigel Llewellyn

Funeral Monuments in Post-Reformation England

Hardcover Published: 22nd February 2001
ISBN: 9780521782579
Number Of Pages: 500

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This book takes as its subject the most important kind of surviving post-Reformation church art and the most important genre of English Renaissance sculpture, the carved stone funeral monument. These complex constructions, comprising not just sculpted figures but also architectural framing, heraldic decoration and inscribed text, were set up in huge numbers during the years around 1600 and still survive in their thousands in parish churches across England. This is the first comprehensive account of the subject for over fifty years. Llewellyn examines the place of the tomb in the historiography of English art, issues of patronage and the business of erecting a monument, the tomb-makers, their world and the materials, and Reformist iconoclasm in England and its impact on the tombs. The volume is lavishly illustrated with rare photographs of tombs and monuments and offers a valuable and informative record of one of England's greatest treasures.

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'This is essential reading for art historians, social historians and even students of the politics and economics of the period.' The Art Newspaper 'Dr Llewellyn is to be commended for establishing a new area of inquiry: the visual culture of churches and the practice of commemoration in early modern England.' Journal of Ecclesiastical History 'This is undoubtedly an important work which will remain the standard text for the foreseeable future.' Renaissance Studies 'Llewelyn's study has much to inform the serious 'Reformation' theologian.' Laudetur 'Llewellyn's study explores the complexities and range of these ambitious works and persuasively argues for their importance as registers of shifting social attitudes and aspirations. this important book deserves the attention not merely of art historians, but of a far wider variety of scholars working on the material culture of post-medieval England.' Post-Medieval Archaeology

List of illustrations
Historiography and the discourse of art history: Introduction - the antiquaries and the rule of taste
art history: nation and place
in the presence of death
the Reformation
emotion and mourning
Form and design: regional variation
medieval precedents
England and Europe
changes through time
the components of design
traditional compositions
allegories and histories
decoration, surface and painted finishes
Building monuments: securing and maintaining a place
the business of erecting a monument
the tomb-makers and their materials
Habits and skills in visual culture: descriptions
aesthetic and visual categories
image theory and religious controversy
the defence of monuments
Exemplifications: patrons and society
monuments and the State
the expression of virtue
Conclusion: four discourses: the architectural frame
the heraldic sign
the inscribed word
English art and the exemplary tradition
documents and manuscripts
early printed material
secondary material
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ISBN: 9780521782579
ISBN-10: 0521782570
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 500
Published: 22nd February 2001
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 18.9  x 3.9
Weight (kg): 1.57

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