Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture
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248 Pages

24 x 17 cm

7 colour, 66 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Boydell Press

Education in Twelfth-Century Art and Architecture

Images of Learning in Europe, c.1100-1220

by Laura Cleaver

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A study of the representation of education in material culture, at a period of considerable change and growth.

On the facade of Chartres cathedral serene personifications of the arts of grammar, rhetoric, dialectic, music, arithmetic, geometry and astronomy present passers-by with a vision of education as an improving process leading to greater knowledge of God. The arts proved a popular subject in medieval imagery, and were included in manuscripts, stained-glass and luxury metalwork objects as well as on the facades of churches. These idealized figures contrast with many textual accounts of education, in which authors recorded the hardships of student poverty and the temptations of drink and women to be found in the cities where teachers were increasingly establishing themselves.
Thisbook considers how and why education was explored in the art and architecture of the twelfth century. Through analysis of imagery in a wide range of media, it examines how teachers and students sought to use images to enhance their reputations and the status of their studies. It also investigates how the ideal models often set out in imagery compared with contemporary practice in an era that saw significant changes, beginning with a shift away from monastic education and culminating in the appearance of the first universities.

LAURA CLEAVER is Senior Lecturer in Manuscript Studies, Institute of English Studies, University of London.
Introduction
The Liberal Arts: Making Education Visible
Learning to Read in Texts and Images
Telling Tales: Art for the Illiterate
Learning to Speak: The Art of Logic
The Image of the Master
The Art of Music
Arithmetic and Geometry in the Classroom and Beyond
Looking at the Heavens: Astronomy in Images
Conclusion
Bibliography

Laura Cleaver is Senior Lecturer in Manuscript Studies at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. Her research focuses on manuscripts made in England and France in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries and on the sale of pre-modern manuscripts in the early twentieth century.

"A very welcome book in several respects . . . As an introduction to an intriguing world of learned imagery and visualisation of abstract thought, the book is . . . a most welcome addition to the growing body of research into the medieval schools." H-SOZ-KULT
"The delightful attention that Cleaver gives throughout this book to the humor of medieval artistry and pedagogy only enhances the steady and reliable scholarship that marks this volume from cover to cover. . . . We can now examine with all the more profit images that many of us have admired for years but never fully appreciated, thanks to the explanations offered by the meticulous analysis present in this volume." PEREGRINATIONS
"A must-read for any scholar interested in the history of learning and visual culture." ÓENACH

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Title Details

248 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

7 colour, 66 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Series Vol. Number: 8

Imprint: Boydell Press