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Image on the Edge : the Margins of Medieval Art - Michael Camille

Image on the Edge

the Margins of Medieval Art

Paperback Published: 1st August 2004
ISBN: 9780948462283
Number Of Pages: 176

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What do they all mean - the lascivious ape, autophagic dragons, pot-bellied heads, harp-playing asses, arse-kissing priests and somersaulting jongleurs to be found protruding from the edges of medieval buildings and in the margins of illuminated manuscripts? Michael Camille explores that riotous realm of marginal art, so often explained away as mere decoration or zany doodles, where resistance to social constraints flourished.
Medieval image-makers focused attention on the underside of society, the excluded and the ejected. Peasants, servants, prostitutes and beggars all found their place, along with knights and clerics, engaged in impudent antics in the margins of prayer-books or, as gargoyles, on the outsides of churches. Camille brings us to an understanding of how marginality functioned in medieval culture and shows us just how scandalous, subversive, and amazing the art of the time could be.

Acknowledgmentsp. 7
Prefacep. 9
Making Marginsp. 11
In the Margins of the Monasteryp. 56
In the Margins of the Cathedralp. 77
In the Margins of the Courtp. 99
In the Margins of the Cityp. 129
The End of the Edgep. 153
Referencesp. 161
Bibliographyp. 164
List of Illustrationsp. 172
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ISBN: 9780948462283
ISBN-10: 0948462280
Series: Essays in Art and Culture
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 176
Published: 1st August 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.44