Siena and the Angevins, 1300-1350 View publication
The gothic style is now one of the supreme products of medieval
and renaissance visual culture. Subject to multiple readings and
(re)interpretations from c. 1500 to the present, gothic stands as
one of two dominant languages of European historical architecture.
This volume explores methods of reading and interpreting the gothic
from the twelfth through the sixteenth century. Following the
editor’s introduction, it contains ten essays written by
leading scholars from Canada, the United States, and Great Britain.
In challenging the traditional parameters of gothic, the papers
explore ‘medieval’ and ‘renaissance’
manifestations of the gothic, and they consider material ranging
geographically from Ireland to Poland, and from Paris to Sicily.
Each paper explores ways in which gothic was or could be read by
the contemporary viewers for which it was designed, and by
post-modern commentators. In placing the act of reading at the
centre of their investigations, the papers offer significant new
insights into the forms and meanings of the gothic.
Matthew Reeve teaches visual culture in later medieval Europe at the Department of History, Goldsmith’s College, University of London.