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Harvey Miller
P. Cordez
Treasure, Memory, Nature: Church Objects in the Middle Ages

approx. 288 p., 75 colour ill., 220 x 280 mm, 2020
ISBN: 978-1-912554-61-4
Languages: English
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This book traces the origination, development, and later history of church treasures, and explores the form and function of these objects of memory

Relics, ostrich eggs, whale teeth, unicorn horns, bones of giants, and griffin claws were among the array of items accumulated in the treasures of churches during the Middle Ages. The material manifestations of a Christian worldview, such objects would only later, from the nineteenth century onwards, become objets d’art, whether sacred or profane.

This book traces the origination, development, and later history of church treasures, and explores the form and function of these objects of memory. They were a source of wonder for their contemporaries and remain so today, albeit for quite different reasons. Indeed, our fascination relates primarily to their aesthetic qualities and the meaning that we assign to them. Dealing also with this paradigm shift, this study opens up new paths toward a real archeology of current historiographical and museum practices.

Philippe Cordez is deputy director of the German Center for Art History in Paris.
Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history

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