The Art of Anglo-Saxon England
Title Details

16th June 2016

350 Pages

24.4 x 17.2 cm

12 colour. 82 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Art of Anglo-Saxon England

by Catherine E. Karkov

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A fresh appraisal of the art of Anglo-Saxon England, focusing on art as an aesthetic vehicle and art as an active political force.
Two particular perspectives inform this wide-ranging and richly illustrated survey of the art produced in England, or by English artists, between c. 600 and c.1100, in a variety of media, manuscripts, stone and wooden sculpture, ivory carving, textiles, and architecture. Firstly, from a post-colonial angle, it examines the way art can both create and narrate national and cultural identity over the centuries during which England was coming into being, moving from Romano-Britain to Anglo-Saxon England to Anglo-Scandinavian England to Anglo-Norman England. Secondly, it treats Anglo-Saxon art as works of art, works that have both an aesthetic and an emotional value, rather than as simply passive historical or archaeological objects. This double focus on art as an aesthetic vehicle and art as an active political force allows us to ask questions not only about what makes something a work of art, but what makes itendure as such, as well as questions about the work that art does in the creation of peoples, cultures, nations and histories.

Professor Catherine Karkov teaches in the School of Fine Art, University of Leeds.
Introduction
The Art of Origins
Sacred Space
Art, Status and Authority
Object and Voice
Books, Words and Bodies
Art and Conquest
Bibliography
"A pleasure to read....The examples help explain the subtle, nuanced ways in which art can reveal the complexity of the social and political developments of the period." SAXON
"[A] masterful survey." ARCHAEOLOGICAL JOURNAL
"A challenging work and one that should be recommended to all who are interested in the art of Anglo-Saxon England." MEDIEVAL ARCHAEOLOGY
"An enlightening general survey." NORTHERN HISTORY
"[A] fine scholarly book. [...] Recommended." CHOICE
"[A] civilized, sensitive and welcome addition to the study of Anglo-Saxon art. [...] Karkov is edifying and illuminating." TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT
"A stunningly rich book. [...] Boydell Press produces books that will bring you both knowledge and a lifetime's pleasure." YORKSHIRE GAZETTE AND HERALD

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Title Details

16th June 2016

350 Pages

2.44 x 1.72 cm

12 colour. 82 b/w. Illustrations

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Imprint: Boydell Press