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GOTHIC WONDER: ART, ARTIFICE AND THE DECORATED STYLE, 1290-1350. Paul Binski. Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014. Published in association with Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, London. 464 pp. with 322 ills. (140 col.). 29 x 23 cm. LC 2014-12249 ISBN 9780300204001 In English.
Publisher's description: In this wide-ranging, eloquent book, Paul Binski sheds new light on one of the greatest periods of English art and architecture, offering ground-breaking arguments about the role of invention and the powers of Gothic art. His richly documented study locates what became known as the Decorated Style within patterns of commissioning, designing, and imagining whose origins lay in pre-Gothic art. By examining notions of what was extraordinary, re-evaluating medieval ideas of authorship, and restoring economic considerations to the debate, Binski sets English visual art of the early 14th century in a broad European context and also within the aesthetic discourses of the medieval period. The author, stressing the continuum between art and architecture, challenges understandings about agency, modernity, hierarchy, and marginality. His book makes a powerful case for the restoration of the category of the aesthetic to the understanding of medieval art. Generously illustrated with hundreds of images, Gothic Wonder traces the impact of English art in Continental Europe, ending with the Black Death and the literary uses of the architectural in works by Geoffrey Chaucer and other writers.
Indexing: Western, Europe — Great Britain — 300 A.D.-1400 — Architecture, Several Media, Criticism/Theory — Gothic
Plans: 71,54
Worldwide Number: 161378
Hardcover $75.00x (libraries receive a 10% discount on this title)    

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