Medieval art

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Heritage

Historic Book of Lismore returns to Ireland from Britain

Medieval vellum manuscript has been donated to University College Cork by Chatsworth, seat of the Dukes of Devonshire

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Book Shorts

This small book tackles for the first time a very large subject: how relics were displayed in the Middle Ages

The way in which relics were presented determined what and how people thought of them, according to this publication of lectures

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Books

Born of hate and contempt, how the Bargello's extraordinary collection of medieval ivories came to be

Book tells the tale of how Italian museum amassed such a vast array of important sculptures thanks to Frenchman Louis-Claude Carrand

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Restoration

Ghent Altarpiece: latest phase of restoration unmasks the humanised face of the Lamb of God

Second stage of open-access restoration of Van Eyck brothers’ masterpiece strips away 16th-century overpainting to reveal an abundance of fine details

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Book Shorts

Culture of chivalry is not quite dead, but it certainly is not what it used to be, new book shows

Essays on the concept are useful for their discussions of arms, heraldry, castles and gardens as well as its long lasting effect on European culture

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Book Shorts

Scholarly book on European coronation rituals supplies sound background to 11th-century art history

This book corrects the misleading impression given by historians that the High Middle Ages were a transition to secularisation of the royal state

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Book Shorts

Catalogue of Colmar Treasure conjures up picture of 14th-century bourgeois Jewish life in France

Hoard of objects loaned by Paris's Musée de Cluny to the Metropolitan Museum of Art tells a complex tale

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Book Shorts

Beyond Europe: book on illuminated manuscripts reveals worldwide nature of the Middle Ages

New academic concept of "Global Middle Ages" explored through a survey of illustrated texts from around the world

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Medieval art

Glam rock: alabaster was not medieval England's 'poor man's marble' new book finds

Used in high status projects and throughout the continent, Kim Woods's detailed study challenges misconceptions of the carving rock's status

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Book Shorts

Medieval books’ margins are shown to be areas of dissent and fun, rather than mere doodling

The extra-textual decoration of medieval illuminated manuscripts are full of clues about sections of society normally overlooked by historians

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Book Shorts

The art-historical treasures of Clementia of Hungary, Queen of France

Book looks at one royal's Medieval gifts, giving and inventories

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Stone is cool: Gothic vaulting probably saved Notre Dame from total destruction

Tragic fire destroys the roof, but vaulting saves the interior

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Exhibitions

When Saharan sands glittered with gold: how the world's largest desert was a major medieval trade route

New exhibition at the Block Museum of Art looks at the artefacts that flowed through the region assisted by the spread of Islam

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Books

Close study of fashions in medieval manuscripts is key to understanding interactions of literature and dress

Book of illuminations show various fashions that shed light on literary styles

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Books

The architectural and imaginative influence of the Holy Sepulchre and the Dome of the Rock in Western building styles

This book accounts for building histories, designs and geographical spread of church inspired by the Jerusalem prototypes

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Conservation & Preservation

Restoration of rare English Medieval altarpiece reveals a history of serial vandalism

The Battel Hall retable, which survived the fury of 16th-century iconoclasts, bears later scars of graffiti and "witchmarks" against evil spirits

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

The power of Black artists resonates at the Brooklyn Museum, while Medieval monsters lurk at the Morgan Library

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Paris's revamped Cluny museum brings Medieval art into the 21st century

Loan fees from Louvre Abu Dhabi pay for new disabled access and restoration of ancient baths

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Exhibitions

Medieval or modern? Show on 'time' in the Middle Ages reveals similarities between life then and now

Morgan Library exhibition includes 55 calendars, Bibles and chronicles

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Conservation & Preservation

Lasers and water gel used to restore Medieval altarpiece from Rimini

The treatment of Frankfurt’s Liebieghaus museum's fragile alabaster ensemble could pave the way for future loans

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Life is changed, not ended: how the Medieval English dealt with death

Not everyone could afford their own mortuary churches or chapels

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Heritage

Fire damages Medieval frescoes in Georgian cave monastery

The blaze at the Church of the Dormition of the Mother of God at Vardzia may have been started by a monk’s candle

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Books

Where did it come from? On developments in icon painting

The source of a major change in icon painting may have been discovered

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Heritage

Twelfth-century Virgin shows her true colours

Rare Russian icon originally written off as a “ruin” has finally been restored

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Auctions

Surfacing on the market: Leaf out of a book (of hours)

Heritage Auctions, Dallas, Rare Books Signature Collection

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Books

High production value: how the Bohun manuscripts were made

The Bohun manuscripts demonstrate how illuminated manuscripts were produced, says David King

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Lawsuits

Widow and ex-wife battle over Russian collector Mikhail de Boire’s icons

When his former wife gave part of $30m collection to the Pushkin Museum, his last wife called in lawyers to determine the fate of 75 icons from north Russia

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Exhibitions

The many faces of medieval women on view in Bilbao

Elegant, humorous, erotic—and liberated

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Books

New definitive catalogue published on the V&A’s magnificent ivories

The summation of a lifetime’s work and a triumph of scholarship

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Books: The continuities in Medieval and Renaissance art at the V&A

A deep look into the remarkable objects now on display in the museum's recently opened galleries

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A plans £120m second phase of renewals

Medieval and Renaissance galleries crown phase one of museum’s “Future Plan”

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Victoria & Albert Museum

10 new galleries showcasing 1800 treasures at the V&A

V&A renaissance

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Books

Books: Material culture and medieval "Hindu-Muslim" encounter

Objects of translation and the cultural interactions of Muslims and Hindus in the late 12th and early 13th centuries

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A sets sights on rare hunting horn

£3.3m required for export-delayed object

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Nazi loot

V&A will not get casket back

Medieval casket returned to UK owner; Czartoryski family to pursue case with support of Polish Ministry of Culture

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Nazi loot

Police seize medieval casket from V&A due to Nazi loot claims

The Czartoryski family in Poland, who lost much of their art during the war, say it belongs to them

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Illuminated manuscripts

An exhibition at the Getty Museum and the V&A reveals how an illuminated manuscript mystery was solved

Scholars have reassembled the Hours of Louis XII

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Revealed: mystery lender of medieval art to V&A

He is Paul Ruddock, investment management CEO and V&A trustee

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The UK arts minister on creativity without cash, and the Victoria and Albert Museum’s splendid exhibition of late medieval art

Excellence? Access? Go to “Gothic”

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Exhibitions

Gothic: art for England, 1400-1547, Victoria & Albert Museum

300 objects illustrating all facets of medieval life

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Books

A rich harvest for medieval art enthusiasts that includes the V&A’s exhibition catalogue, a study of stained glass, and a survey of folk art

A Medieval Renaissance for art of the Middle Ages

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Books

Spring books: US. Decorative arts to the fore

Photography, Asian art, the art of antiquity, Old Masters, and historiography are also among the topics covered

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Museums

MoMA sculptures on show at the New York Botanical Gardens

Also exhibited are rare and illustrated books on botany to inaugurate their new gallery

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Tate

Tate's 'Image and Idol' takes a look at the 12th century

This new exhibition explores earlier British art than ever before

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Exhibitions

One of the few remaining German private collections of Gothic and Renaissance sculpture contains some magnificent pieces but provides little insight into its history

The exhibition disappoints and leaves the collector’s passion concealed

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Medieval art

The Visual and the Visionary: Art and Female Spirituality in Late Medieval Germany

Medieval German women’s art and spirituality examined with too much of the gender-studies approach

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National Trust

National Trust finds rare Gothic altarpiece in stables

Seven hundred year-old painting was dismissed as nineteenth-century

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Restitution

Italian town begs the Cleveland Museum for their cross back, per favore

Illegally sold in the 1960s, it was bought by the US museum in good faith but the Italians would like it returned

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Exhibitions

Holy Russia at the V&A, touring exhibition is repackaged for the UK

Via many points in the US