Alabaster Images of Medieval England

December 2003
18 colour, 384 black and white illustrations
360 pages
29.7x21 cm
ISBN: 9781843830283
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Boydell Press
BISAC ART015070, ART026000, ART015030

Alabaster Images of Medieval England

Francis Cheetham

The fullest catalogue available on English medieval alabasters - 2,400 entries, with historical and art historical contextual material.
From the late 1300s to the Reformation, alabaster carving was a major activity in the English Midlands, in an area centred on Nottingham. Altarpieces and panels were produced for the home market, but also for export; the sculptures have a distinctive style, dictated by the religious subjects and by the material, and were usually painted and gilded. At the Reformation, such items were hidden or destroyed, and it is the survival of numerous continental examples, particularly in France, together with the remaining examples from England, that enables the history of alabaster carving to be documented. This book catalogues some 2,400 carvings, with their location and published references, coupled with a Geographical Index. It is the fullest catalogue yet compiled on these exquisite small-scale sculptures, incorporating much new information, particularly relating to the iconography of the carvings.

The late FRANCIS CHEETHAM was also the author of English Medieval Alabasters, containing a catalogue of the collection in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Magisterial new account.... Generously illustrated...and an immediately indispensable reference guide to the subject. THE ART NEWSPAPER

Francis Cheetham is certainly the greatest authority on English alabasters. [...] This invaluable work will be an indispensable tool. THE ANTIQUARIES JOURNAL

Should interest all scholars of fourteenth, fifteenth, and early sixteenth-century English culture. The book constitutes a self-contained and comprehensive research tool, and it is heartily recommended to all working on late medieval and early modern England. The publishers are to be praised for having produced a beautiful book, one that will certainly function as a standard work for years to come. RELIGION AND THE ARTS

A very useful listing which will become an essential reference tool...and will form a valuable companion to the author's 1984 study [English Medieval Alabasters]. JOURNAL OF ECCLESIASTICAL HISTORY

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