A Feast for the Senses
Art and Experience in Medieval Europe
Edited by Martina Bagnoli; With essays by Martina Bagnoli, Virginia Brilliant, Carla Casagrande, Emma Dillon, Barbara Newman, and Christina Normore
January 10, 2017
280 pages, 10 x 11 1/2
241 color + 4 b/w illus.
Distributed for the Walters Art Museum
This sumptuous new book brings together sacred and secular art to reveal the shared intellectual culture that governed the understanding of perception and the role of senses in Europe from the 12th through the 16th century. A focused exploration of the performative and multifaceted nature of medieval art underscores its direct appeal to the senses, revealing the rich experiential world that informed its interpretation. Eight essays explore these themes through representations of religious practices, royal rituals, feasts and celebrations, music, and literature. Beautifully designed and produced, A Feast for the Senses contributes significantly to an emerging field in the history of art and showcases approximately 130 objects, each accompanied by a full description, provenance, and bibliography.
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota