The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe
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360 Pages

24 x 17 cm

62 colour, 77 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Series Vol. Number: 9

Imprint: Boydell Press

The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe

Making, Meaning, Preserving

Edited by Spike Bucklow, Richard Marks and Lucy Wrapson

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Fresh examinations of one of the most important church furnishings of the middle ages.

The churches of medieval Europe contained richly carved and painted screens, placed between the altar and the congregation; they survive in particularly high numbers in England, despite being partly dismantled during the Reformation. While these screens divided "lay" from "priestly" jurisdiction, it has also been argued that they served to unify architectural space. This volume brings together the latest scholarship on the subject , exploring in detail numerous aspects of the construction and painting of screens, it aims in particular to unite perspectives from science and art history. Examples are drawn from a wide geographical range, from Scandinavia to Italy.

Spike Bucklow is Director of Research at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge; Richard Marks is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of York and currently a member of the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge; Lucy Wrapson is Assistant to the Director at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

Contributors: Paul Binski, Spike Bucklow, Donal Cooper, David Griffith, Hugh Harrison, JacquelineJung, Justin Kroesen, Julian Luxford, Richard Marks, Ebbe Nyborg, Eddie Sinclair, Jeffrey West, Lucy Wrapson.
Introduction - Paul Binski
Framing the Rood in Medieval England and Wales - Richard Marks
Science and the Screen - Spike Bucklow
Towards a New Methodological Approach for Interpreting Workshop Activity and Dating Medieval Church Screens - Lucy Wrapson
Texting and Detexting on Late Medieval English Church Screens - David Griffith
Sacred Kingship, Genealogy and te Late Medieval Rood Screen: Catfield and Beyond - Julian Luxford
West Country Rood Screens: Construction and Practice - Hugh Harrison and Jeffrey West
The Polychromy of Devon Screens: Preliminary Analytical Results - Lucy Wrapson and Eddie Sinclair
Moving Pictures on the Gothic Choir Screen - Jacqueline E. Jung
The Preserving Power of Calvinism: Pre-Reformation Chancel Screens in the Netherlands - Justin E. A. Kroesen
Recovering the Lost Rood Screens of Medieval and Renaissance Italy - Donal Cooper
Choir Screens and Roodlofts in Scandinavian Parish Churches before 1300 - Ebbe Nyborg

SPIKE BUCKLOW is Director of Research at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

Professor Richard Marks FSA is a member of the History of Art Department at Cambridge University and specialises in medieval art, on which he has published extensively. He was born in Bedfordshire and has a long-standing interest in the county’s histor

LUCY WRAPSON is Assistant to the Director at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

"This book is essential reading for anyone interested in medieval parish church interiors [...] The quality of the illustrations is superb." THE RICARDIAN
"Not only provides a cogent and convenient summary of the state of research but also points the way forward for further work on the subject." ENGLISH HISTORICAL REVIEW
"An effervescent collection of essays by international leaders in their disciplines, weaving together remarkably detailed case studies of individual screens with thematically rich research that considers major issues, including the senses and patronage." LIVING CHURCH
"Just about everything you might want to know about church screens is to be found here . . . the reader comes away with a much better understanding of the role of reIigion as practiced in Medieval life and respect for the artisans, constructors, and patrons who brought these screens into being." ANGLICAN AND EPISCOPAL HISTORY
"[A]n invaluable resource providing a comprehensive survey of these indispensable components of the medieval church interior." SPECULUM
"Copiously illustrated and beautifully produced." THE ART NEWSPAPER

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Title Details

360 Pages

2.4 x 1.7 cm

62 colour, 77 b/w illus.

Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture

Series Vol. Number: 9

Imprint: Boydell Press