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ROMANESQUE CATHEDRALS IN MEDITERRANEAN EUROPE: ARCHITECTURE, RITUAL AND URBAN CONTEXT. Ed. by Gerardo Boto Varela and Justin E.A. Kroesen. Brepols Publishers, Turnhout, 2016. Architectura Medii Aevi, 7. 312 pp. ISBN 9782503552507 In English.
Publisher's description: This volume explores the architecture and layout of Romanesque cathedrals in Europe, especially around the Mediterranean, and pays special attention to liturgical ritual, church furnishings, iconography, and urban context. Between the tenth and twelfth centuries, the exchange of artistic ideas and formulas between the regions surrounding the Mediterranean Sea gave rise to the first genuine European art period in medieval Western Europe, commonly called 'Romanesque'. A crucial aspect of this integrative process was the mobility of artists, architects and patrons, as well as the ability to absorb new artistic formulas and integrate them into existing patterns. Some especially creative centres produced and exported successful models, whereas others became genuine melting pots. All of these cultural and artistic exchanges took place over the substrate of Roman Antiquity, which was highly valued and regularly reemployed throughout the Mediterranean lands. This volume uses Romanesque cathedral complexes as a lens with which to analyze the complexity and dynamics of the artistic landscape in southern and central Europe between the tenth and twelfth centuries.
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Worldwide Number: 172250
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