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    Flying pigs, fiery whirlwinds and a 300-year old virgin: costume and continuity in a sacred performance

    Jacobus, Laura (2019) Flying pigs, fiery whirlwinds and a 300-year old virgin: costume and continuity in a sacred performance. In: Feltmann, J. and Thompson, S. (eds.) The Long Lives of Medieval Art and Architecture. AVISTA Studies in the History of Medieval Technology, Science and Art. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780815396734.

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    Book synopsis: Traditional histories of medieval art and architecture often privilege the moment of a work’s creation, yet surviving works designated as "medieval" have long and expansive lives. Many have extended prehistories emerging from their sites and contexts of creation, and most have undergone a variety of interventions, including adaptations and restorations, since coming into being. The lives of these works have been further extended through historiography, museum exhibitions, and digital media. Inspired by the literary category of biography and the methods of longue durée historians, the introduction and seventeen chapters of this volume provide an extended meditation on the longevity of medieval works of art and the aspect of time as a factor in shaping our interpretations of them. While the metaphor of "lives" invokes associations with the origin of the discipline of art history, focus is shifted away from temporal constraints of a single human lifespan or generation to consider the continued lives of medieval works even into our present moment. Chapters on works from the modern countries of Italy, France, England, Spain, and Germany are drawn together here by the thematic threads of essence and continuity, transformation, memory and oblivion, and restoration. Together, they tell an object-oriented history of art and architecture that is necessarily entangled with numerous individuals and institutions.

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    Item Type: Book Section
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge.
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Arts > History of Art
    Depositing User: Laura Jacobus
    Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2019 13:16
    Last Modified: 10 Aug 2019 17:56
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/20509

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