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Arrayed in Splendour
Art, Fashion, and Textiles in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

C. Brachmann (ed.)
approx. 250 p., 4 b/w ill. + 115 colour ill., 216 x 280 mm, 2018
ISBN: 978-2-503-57965-8
Languages: English
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Original contributions of leading scholars in their field give an insight in the current state of research on textile art in the Middle Ages and early modern times.

Precious textiles, fabrics, embroideries, and tapestries played an important role in medieval and early modern cultures of representation. Reasons for such a high esteem of textile arts are not only the enormous material value of gold and silk, which had to be imported from distant regions, but also the extremely complex and time-consuming production conditions, including a level of technical expertise that was present only in a few highly specialized centers.

In stark contrast to the medieval and early modern reception, it was only in recent years, that in art history the narrow view of the textile arts as an “applied” art and therefore a low one has undergone a fundamental shift. The aim of this volume is to give an insight in the current state of research on the topic. Ranging from the twelfth to the seventeenth century, the essays of leading scholars in the field offer a window into the complexity of the textile arts, including as regards the medium itself: from the overpowering splendor of liturgical and princely garments and the luxurious fabrics used for them in the Middle Ages and early modern period to the visual world of monumental room decorations in the form of tapestries.

Table of Contents

- Acknowledgments
- Introduction
Christoph Brachmann

- Clothing for a Marriage Made in Heaven: The Role of Textiles in Ecclesiastical Consecration Rites
Evelin Wetter

- The Iconography of the Funeral Attires in the Luxembourg Burial in Prague Cathedral
Christoph Brachmann

- All That Glitters: Cloth of Gold as a Vehicle for Display 1300-1550
Lisa Monnas

- The Making of Appearances at the 1530 Augsburg Imperial Diet
Ulinka Rublack

- The two Faces of Power: the Image Strategy of Cosimo I de’ Medici
Roberta Orsi Landini

- Representatives of Power – Tapestries made for Kings and Emperors
Katja Schmitz-von Ledebur

- Virtue and Vice: Clothing and Kingship at the Courts of Charles I and Charles II (1625-1685)
Maria Hayward

- Arrayed in Splendor: An Africanist’s Perspective
Victoria L. Rovine

General Index
Photograph Credits

Interest Classification:
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Medieval art history
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)

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