Read and re read at the members lounge at metropolitan museum of art this is a beautifully printed and bound guide to medieval art the illustrations are bright and clear and stein has a wonderful way with words crisp fact filled informative and her passion shines through. The intensely expressive art of the middle ages was created to awe educate and connect the viewer to heaven its power reverberates to this day even among the secular but experiencing the full meaning and purpose of medieval art requires an understanding of its narrative content. By wendy a stein this volume the sixth in the metropolitan museum of arts popular series of how to read titles introduces the subjects and themes most frequently depicted in medieval art many of them drawn from the bible and both religious and secular literature. An enlightening accessible guide to understanding and appreciating european art from the middle ages how to read medieval art introduces the art of the european middle ages through 50 notable examples from the metropolitan museums collection which is one of the most comprehensive in the world this handsomely illustrated volume includes multi panel altarpieces stained glass windows . How to read medieval art provides an easy entry point into the richness of these holdings world famous masterpieces such as the unicorn tapestries and the merode altarpiece appear in this book along with less familiar but no less fascinating works some acquired within the last decade providing a broad
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