The Madonna of Humility [Hardback]

Beth Williamson (Author)

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ISBN: 9781843834199 | Published by: Boydell & Brewer Ltd | Year of Publication: 2009 | Language: English 195p, b/w illus, col pls




The Madonna of Humility

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This study explores the genesis and development of one particular image in medieval art - the Madonna of Humility - a seated Virgin Mary with the Christ-child. Beth Williamson explores the different variations of the image, asking what they would have meant to medieval viewers and worshippers, and thus pieces together some of the impulses behind the development of the image. Above all she rejects the idea that linear lines of development can or should be drawn, or that there was a single common ancestor for all such paintings, positing instead a more gradual view of development.

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