The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe: Making, Meaning, Preserving [Hardback]

Spike Bucklow(Editor); Richard Marks(Editor); Lucy Wrapson(Editor); David Griffith(Contributor); Donal Cooper(Contributor)

ISBN: 9781783271238 | Published by: Boydell Press | Series: Boydell Studies in Medieval Art and Architecture | Volume: 9 | Year of Publication: 2017 | 360p, H9.5 x W6.75, 62 color. 77 b/w.
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The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe


The churches of medieval Europe contained richly carved and painted screens, placed between the altar and the congregation; they survive in particularly high numbers in England, despite being partly dismantled during the Reformation. While these screens divided "lay" from "priestly" jurisdiction, it has also been argued that they served to unify architectural space. This volume brings together the latest scholarship on the subject , exploring in detail numerous aspects of the construction and painting of screens, it aims in particular to unite perspectives from science and art history. Examples are drawn from a wide geographical range, from Scandinavia to Italy.

Spike Bucklow is Director of Research at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge; Richard Marks is Emeritus Professor of the History of Art at the University of York and currently a member of the History of Art Department, University of Cambridge; Lucy Wrapson is Assistant to the Director at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

Contributors: Paul Binski, Spike Bucklow, Donal Cooper, David Griffith, Hugh Harrison, JacquelineJung, Justin Kroesen, Julian Luxford, Richard Marks, Ebbe Nyborg, Eddie Sinclair, Jeffrey West, Lucy Wrapson.

Table of Contents

Introduction - Paul Binski
Framing the Rood in Medieval England and Wales - Richard Marks
Science and the Screen - Spike Bucklow
Towards a New Methodological Approach for Interpreting Workshop Activity and Dating Medieval Church Screens - Lucy Wrapson
Texting and Detexting on Late Medieval English Church Screens - David Griffith
Sacred Kingship, Genealogy and te Late Medieval Rood Screen: Catfield and Beyond - Julian Luxford
West Country Rood Screens: Construction and Practice - Hugh Harrison and Jeffrey West
The Polychromy of Devon Screens: Preliminary Analytical Results - Lucy Wrapson and Eddie Sinclair
Moving Pictures on the Gothic Choir Screen - Jacqueline E. Jung
The Preserving Power of Calvinism: Pre-Reformation Chancel Screens in the Netherlands - Justin E. A. Kroesen
Recovering the Lost Rood Screens of Medieval and Renaissance Italy - Donal Cooper
Choir Screens and Roodlofts in Scandinavian Parish Churches before 1300 - Ebbe Nyborg

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