Medieval art

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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