Book Series Studies in Gothic Art, vol. 3

Mapping New Territories in Art and Architectural Histories

Essays in honour of Roger Stalley

Danielle O'Donovan, Niamh NicGhabhann (eds)

  • Pages: xiii + 577 p.
  • Size:220 x 280 mm
  • Illustrations:160 b/w, 50 col., 20 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-56462-3
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Reflecting the major developments in the scholarship of medieval art and architecture in the past forty years and using the island of Ireland as a central axis, this volume brings together new perspectives on medieval art and architecture from established and emerging scholars.


“Brepols should be congratulated on this handsomely produced, amply footnoted and illustrated, sizeable and weighty (2.5 kilos) volume. (…) absolutely worthy of the dedicatee.” (RICHARD HALSEY, in Medieval Archaeology, 67/1, 2023, p. 248)


This edited collection of essays marks and traces new departures in the study of medieval art and architecture from the 1970s to the present day. Bringing together many of the scholars who have shaped the field of enquiry since the advent of the methodological or linguistic turn in humanities scholarship from the 1970s onwards, together with emerging scholars who are defining new methods and approaches to their subject in recent years, this volume represents the contemporary condition of medieval scholarship. In taking Ireland as a central axis, this volume also reflects and responds to the redefinition of ideas of influence, of cultural centre and periphery, focusing on concepts of transfer, movement and the dynamism of medieval forms and ideas. Further to this, the volume investigates the dynamism of medieval scholarship from the 1970s to the present day, reflecting the career span of Professor Roger Stalley, whose own path-breaking work continually crosses disciplinary boundaries, and in doing so, shaped and reshaped the understand of medieval Ireland, and in turn, its relationships with the wider world.


Eterne Deus — Tim O’Neill


Roger Stalley — Terence Barry

The History of Art and the Art of History: An Historian’s Perspective of the Work of Roger Stalley— Howard B. Clarke

Hermits and their Habitats — Colleen M. Thomas

Ferdomnach and the Ninth- to Twelfth-Century Books of Armagh: Exuberant Exhibitionist or Accomplished Antiquary? —  Michelle P. Brown

Recently Discovered Early Cross Slabs at Aghowle, Co. Wicklow — Colmán Etchingham

The Proportions of the St Gall Plan: A Response to Werner Jacobsen’s Critique of the Use of the Square Root of Two, with a Statistical Analysis of the Techniques Employed in the Drawing — Eric Fernie, with an Appendix by Tom Fearn

The Rise and Demise of a Building Type: Romanesque Canons’ Churches Reconfigured— Jill A Franklin

Observations on the Conception of Architecture and its Realization in the Medieval Period: The Kailasanatha at Ellora — Peter Draper

The Romanesque Church of Kilmalkedar in Context — Richard Gem

Teampall Bhreacáin, Aran, its Five Phases and Obscured Doorway — Conleth Manning

Altars, Graves and Cenotaphs: Leachta as Foci for Ritual in Early Medieval Ireland — Tomás Ó Carragáin

Animal and Bird Ornament on the ‘Tara’ Brooch: A Stylistic Analysis — Niamh Whitfield

Aspects of English Associations for the Beginnings of Romanesque Architecture in Munster — Malcolm Thurlby

‘The Construction and Decoration of Cormac’s Chapel at Cashel’: Some Recent Observations ‘After’ Professor Roger Stalley —  Lynda S Mulvin

The Description of the Cup of the Last Supper in Adomnán’s De locis sanctis and Early Irish Chalices — Michael Ryan

‘Of sheep and men’: The Annunciation to the Shepherds in the St Albans Psalter — Thomas Alexander Heslop

The Sealed Word? Book-Boxes and Book-Shrines: The Irish Dimension — Paul Mullarkey

Marginal Drawings in Stone: Hidden Sketches at Santa Maria de Piasca and their Implications for Twelfth-Century Sculptural Practices in Northern Spain — Tessa Garton

A Fourteenth-Century Image Niche at Thurgarton Priory — Nicola Coldstream

The Architecture of the Valliscaulian Order in Scotland — Richard Fawcett

‘Clothed with Her Flesh’: A Florentine Madonna Del Cucito — Catherine Lawless

‘A most studious man, a researcher and collector of sacred and profane books’: Robert of Torigni and the Making of the Mont-Saint-Michel Chronicle (Avranches Bibliothèque Municipale MS 159) — Laura Cleaver

Mapping Medieval Architecture — Stephen Murray

William Marshal (1146/7–1219) and the turris rotunda — Dr Jill Unkel

Anglo-Norman Parish Churches: Origins, Contexts and Patronage — Adrian Empey

The Lost Ivories of Tournai — Catherine Yvard

Was the Builder of the ‘Crazy Vault’ Actually Crazy? Reaction and Response in the Thirteenth Century at Lincoln Cathedral — Jennifer S Alexander

Architectural Sculpture in Friaries in the West of Ireland: Franciscan and Dominican Houses in the Connacht Burke Lordships — Yvonne McDermott

The Town Hall in Early Modern Ireland — Raymond Gillespie

Luganese stuccatori at the Palatine Chapel of Aachen and Beyond — Christine Casey

Doric, Ionic, Corinthian, Procrustean — Edward McParland

The Afterlife of the Rural Medieval Parish Church in Ireland: To What Extent Did Medieval Parish Church Buildings Survive into the Early Nineteenth Century? — Michael O Neill

Irish Women as Antiquarians, Architects and Educational Writers of the Early Nineteenth Century — Rolf Loeber

A Victorian Kentish Archaeologist — Terence Barry

Charles Blacker Vignoles, the Irish Picturesque, and the Unbuilt Railway to Berehaven, 1836–38 — Richard J. Butler

Ruins and Dis(re)membering — Yvonne Scott

Roger Stalley and Richard Morris, Memories from a Former Student—  John Montague