This publication is the second volume of the Census of Gothic Sculpture in America and incorporates over 650 works of sculpture located in twelve states and twenty museums in the Midwest, serving as a basis for new interpretations and new meanings.
With the publication of this second volume of the Census of Gothic Sculpture in America the project has examined over 650 works of sculpture in stone and wood located in twelve states and twenty museums. The richness and inclusiveness of this material - although for the most part existing in fragmentary condition and removed from its original context - constitutes a deposit of the past in which Americans have been free to imagine a culture far removed from their direct experience. This catalogue stands for a late twentieth-century interpretation of the European Middle Ages. At the same time, by presenting all the documentary and physical information now available to us, the authors hope to provide a basis on which new interpretations can be built and new meanings created.