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From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art

From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Metropolitan Museum of Art/Yale Un Pr | 2000 | ISBN: 0870999680/0300088949 | English | PDF | 420 pages | 43.22 Mb

The arts of the Early Medieval period form a major, yet little-known, part of the material from the Middle Ages in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Recent research on this fascinating period from approximately A.D. 400 to 800 reveals a more comprehensive picture of what has been traditionally referred to as the Dark Ages or the Migration period. The Museum's holdings in this area, the subject of a symposium and of new studies by leading European and American specialists, demonstrate the exceptional richness of material bridging Antiquity and the Middle Ages. The twenty-six essays in this volume provide the first in-depth study of this American repository of arts representing the many cultures and peoples that created early Europe, including the Ostrogoths, the Langobards, the Franks, and the Anglo-Saxons. The products of this great age of "portable art" range from elaborate weapon fittings and ornate buckles to gold brooches and other intricately designed and decorated jewelry. Over six hundred black-and-white photographs and eighteen color-plates dramatically testify to the depth, breadth, and beauty of the Museum's Early Medieval collection. Of interest to both scholars and laymen, this publication coincides with the opening of the Museum's new galleries devoted to the arts of Byzantium and the Early Medieval period.

From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art also inaugurates a series of symposium volumes. These volumes will present the results of symposia at which scholars in the relevant fields assess aspects of the Metropolitan's collections.
Director's Foreword
Contributors
Editors' Preface
Color Plates

1. Morgan—The Man and the Collector
William D. Wixom

2. Morgan and the Formation of the Early Medieval Collection
Katharine Reynolds Brown

3. The Golden Age of Merovingian Archaeology
Françoise Vallet

4. The Niederbreisig Collection
Elke Nieveler

5. From Attila to Charlemagne

6. Some Classical Elements in Migration Period Jewelry
Andrew Oliver

7. Late Roman and Early Byzantine Jewelry
Barbara Deppert-Lippitz

8. The Vermand Treasure
Horst Böhme

9. A Luxury Brooch from the Second Szilágy-Somlyó Treasure?
Volker Bierbrauer

10. Huns and Goths: Jewelry from the Ukraine and Southern Russia
Inciser Gürçay Damm

11. On the Frontiers of Byzantium

12. The Domagnano Treasure
Wilfried Menghin

13. The Langobardic Finds and the Archaeology of Central Italy
Lidia Paroli

14. Some "Langobardic" Earrings
Otto Prinz von Hessen

15. The Vrap Treasure
Éva Garam

16. Some Avar and Balkan Connections of the Vrap Treasure
Csanád Bálint

17. Visigothic Jewelry of the Sixth and Seventh Centuries
Gisela Ripoll López

18. Artistry in the West

19. Garnet Jewelry of the Fifth and Sixth Centuries
Birgit Arrhenius

20. Early Merovingian Women's Brooches
Max Martin

21. Aspects of Late Merovingian Costume in the Morgan Collection
Patrick Périn

22. The Frankish Glass Vessels
Vera I. Evison

23. Eclectic Art of the Early Anglo-Saxon Jewelry
John Hines

24. The Silver-Inlaid Iron Belt Fittings in the Morgan Collection
Helmut Roth

25. Some Scandinavian Art Styles
Jan Peder Lamm

26. The "Earlier" Lindau Book Cover: An Integrated Analysis
Victor H. Elbern

Materials and Techniques in the Early Medieval Collection: A Checklist of the Illustrated Objects
Pete Dandridge

Bibliography

Index


Katharine Reynolds Brown, now retired, was Senior Research Associate in the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Dafydd Kidd was formerly Assistant Keeper in the Department of Medieval and Later Antiquities at the British Museum.

Charles T. Little is Curator, the Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Choice Reviews Online
"… a long-awaited reassessment of this period … The text is supplemented with a checklist, notes, and an extensive bibliography, making these essays invaluable research tools for the medieval art scholar."


From Attila to Charlemagne: Arts of the Early Medieval Period in The Metropolitan Museum of Art