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The Art of Medieval Urbanism : Parthenay in Romanesque Aquitaine (Hardcover)

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The Art of Medieval Urbanism examines the role of monumental sculpture and architecture in the medieval cityscape, offering a pathbreaking interpretation of the relationships among art, architecture, and the history of urbanism. In the first study of its kind, Robert Maxwell shifts attention away from the great Gothic cities of the later Middle Ages to focus on the urban context of art making in the earlier Romanesque era. Maxwell concentrates on Parthenay, a flourishing town in eleventh- and twelfth-century Aquitaine. Exploring Parthenays exceptionally well-preserved structures, the author charts two centuries of urban development in southwestern France. Drawing on the methods of historical anthropology, Maxwell brings the monumental arts into dialogue with courtly romance literature, the iconography of seals and coins, history writing, and contemporary mythologies of place to show how the urban experience inflected the invention of history and aristocratic self-fashioning.

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Publisher Pennsylvania State Univ Pr
Mfg Part# 9780271029566
SKU 204916635
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0271029560
Release Date 12/30/2007
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0375
Publisher Penn State University Press
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