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release date: Oct 11, 1999
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Tilman Riemenschneider: Master Sculptor of the Late Middle Ages
The sculpture of Tilman Riemenschneider stands at the threshold of two eras. Solidly anchored in the late Gothic tradition, it is also astonishingly daring. Riemenschneider, who was active in Wurzburg from around 1483 until 1531, was one of the first sculptors to abandon polychromy on occasion, making a conscious aesthetic decision to leave visible his favored material, limewood. His sculpture strikes a rare balance between formal elegance and expressive strength, and it is among the most appealing work of the late Middle Ages.

The approximately fifty works documented in this handsome volume offer a fresh look at this great master. The book presents a broad survey of Riemenschneider's oeuvre, including representative work from all periods of his career. Contributors explore the sources for his art, his social millieu and the organization of his workshop, the critical reception of his work, his polychrome and monochrome sculpture. Photographs commissioned especially for the book present the great altarpieces in Rothenburg on the Tauber, Creglingen, and Maidbronn as well as the large stone sculpture in Wurzburg. The book is the first publication in English with color reproductions of a significant portion of Riemenschneider's oeuvre.

release date: Mar 01, 1997
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The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261
Covering the art of the Middle Byzantine period (843-1261 AD), this book demonstrates its wide diversity and influence through 17 scholarly essays. These are accompanied by descriptions and colour reproductions of over 400 objects, as well as pictures of architectural sites all over Eastern Europe.
release date: Jun 01, 1981
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The Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis in the Time of Abbot Suger (1122-1151)

The French Revolution not only deposed the monarchy, putting an end to the “ancien regime,” but its vengeful fires destroyed thousands of chateaux, the symbols—and residences—of the upper classes. The anticlerical wrath of the Revolutionists also brought about the devastation of many churches: sculptured facades were defaced, stained-glass windows shattered, and treasuries ransacked and their contents scattered. Ironically, it was these outrageous acts of the populace and the neglect of the Commune that—almost two hundred years later—would enable The Metropolitan Museum of Art to mount two exhibitions in as many years, presenting the Museum’s visitors with major aspects of two of the most glorious monuments of the Gothic period, the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris and the Royal Abbey of Saint-Denis (designated a cathedral in 1966). [This book was originally published in 1981 and has gone out of print. This edition is a print-on-demand version of the original book.]

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release date: Sep 06, 2020
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin: Winter 1988/89, Volume XLVI, Number 3: Medieval Sculpture at the Cloisters
Lavishly illustrated with about 60 mostly color illustrations of works of art including sculpture, ivory carvings, wood carving, reliquary figures and other sculpture from the Medieval and Gothic periods. Includes Bibliography. 64p. Measures 8.5x11 inches.
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release date: Sep 06, 2020
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release date: Sep 06, 2020
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Medieval Sculpture at the Metropolitan 800-1400 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring 2005, Volume LXII, Number 4)
Medieval Sculpture at the Metropolitan 800-1400 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, Spring 2005, Volume LXII, Number 4) by William D. Wixom (edited by Joan Holt). Paperback periodical published by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.
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release date: Feb 15, 1997
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Inherently Safer Chemical Processes: A Life Cycle Approach (A CCPS Concept Book)
Many traditional routes to safer processes add complex layers--systems that must actively intervene, or that require special operating procedures to avert a catastrophe. Inherently safer concepts provide risk reduction as a built-in characteristic of the process. This book, which includes a foreword by internationally noted safety expert and the originator of the inherently safer concept Trevor Kletz, presents the principles and strategies for applying inherently safer thinking from the start of the life cycle to the very end.
release date: Sep 06, 2020
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The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin Winter 2002: Picturing the Apocalypse: Illustrated Leaves from a Medieval Spanish Manuscript
Winter 2002 edition of the Bulletin of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Discusses leaves from a medieval Spanish manuscript relating to the Apocalypse of St. John. Director's note by Philippe de Montebello. Color and black and white illustrations throughout. 56 pages. stiff paper wrappers. 4to.
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Renaissance bronzes from Ohio collections: [exhibition]
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release date: Mar 01, 1999
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Mirror of the Medieval World
The years 1978 and 1979 were auspicious ones for The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Philippe de Montebello became its Director and William D. Wixom its Chairman of the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters. By then, the Museum's two collections of medieval art jointly encompassed outstanding examples of metalwork, illuminated manuscripts, stained-glass panels, limestone and wood sculptures, textiles, and jewelry (both secular and religious), these items dating from the second century B.C. until well into the sixteenth century. During the ensuing years, under the keen eye and connoisseurship of the chairman and his curatorial staff, and supported enthusiastically by the new administration, the department's holdings grew considerably.

Highlighted in these pages--and in an accompanying exhibition that allows the public to savor many of the works at first hand--are more than 300 purchases and gifts. Although a great majority of the objects have been on view and have figured in various Metropolitan Museum publications over the last two decades, many works have remained unpublished until now. Following a Foreword by the Director, the Introduction by William D. Wixom provides an overview of the enrichment of the collections under his stewardship. The reader then discovers how lacunae were filled, as highly significant examples of the art of the Middle Ages took their place among others with equally impressive provenances.

The catalogue entries, which focus on more than 200 of the most important objects arranged chronologically by type and date, were written by present as well as former curators in the Department of Medieval Art, all recognized as experts in a particular period or field. Large color illustrations of the works, often shown in multiple views, accompany extensive documentation, including provenances, former collection and exhibition histories, notes and bibliographic references. The book concludes with a Selected Bibliography and an Index.

For those unaware of the richness and quality of the medieval treasures available for edification and enjoyment in New York's foremost museum, this volume offers an exciting introduction; for students and scholars of medieval art, it presents the opportunity to take an armchair tour of old favorites encountered on past visits to the Metropolitan's galleries and to become acquainted with the many splendid additions.

292 pages, 9 x 12 in., with 435 illustrations, 110 in color

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