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A Feast for the Senses: Art and Experience in Medieval Europe

Members receive a special 20% Discount on A Feast for the Senses for the entire run of the exhibition from October through January 8th, 2017!

Mark your calendars on October 16th, 2016 for the opening day talk and booksigning with Martina Bagnoli! Now the new Director of the Galleria Estense in Modena, Italy, she was most recently the Andrew E. Mellon Curator in Charge of Medieval Art and Manuscripts at The Walters Art Museum from 2003 until 2016.

By Martina Bagnoli

With contributions by Virginia Brilliant, Carla Casagrande, Emma Dillon, Barbara Newman, and Christina Normore.

The late medieval world was marked by a culture of refinement and sophistication. The period’s media of choice—paintings, manuscripts, prints, tapestries, embroideries, ivory sculpture, metalwork, and enamels—speak volumes about the pleasures of sensory engagement. Art objects were touched, smelled, tasted, and heard, as well as seen.
 
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.

400 pages

Hardcover

10 x 11 1/2 inches