MESSAGES IN MOSAIC. The Royal Programmes of Norman Sicily 1130 - 1187.

Borsook, Eve.

Published by Boydell Press:, 1998
ISBN 10: 085115591X / ISBN 13: 9780851155913
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112 pages of text and 118 b&w plates. "The 12th century mosaics made for the Norman kings of Sicily at Cefalu, Palermo and Monreale were unique in scale and magnificence as well as arrangement. This book examines their meaning with over 120 illustrations including dozens of previously unpublished general views plus ground plans, elevations and details especially made for this volume. The text focuses on the significance of the unconventional arrangement of the imagery, with its unusual quantity of accompanying inscriptions, which, seen in terms of the monarchy's history, reveal its origins and aspirations." FINE SOFTCOVER. Size: 4to - over 9¾" - 12" tall. Bookseller Inventory #

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Synopsis: The analysis of the meaning of the mosaics is masterly - a stimulating book, full of challenging and convincing ideas, very well documented, lavishly illustrated, and beautifully produced. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE The twelfth-century mosaics made for the Norman kings of Sicily at Cefalý, Palermo and Monreale were unique in scale and magnificence as well as arrangement. This book examines their meaning with over 120 illustrations, including dozens of hitherto unavailable general views plus ground plans, elevations and details especially made for this volume. The text focuses on the significance of the unconventional arrangement of the imagery, and the programmes with their many-layered meanings emerge as comprehensive, beautifully co-ordinated schemes which were original Norman inventions rather than provincial derivatives of Rome and Byzantium as they have sometimes been interpreted.EVE BORSOOK is an American art historian; she lives in Florence, and has just completed a new edition of her Companion Guide to Florence.

Review: Pb: An evocative reminder for anyone who has stood in awe of these masterpieces. TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT (RALEIGH TREVELYAN) Une etude tres originale d'un aspect qui a echappe jusqu'ici aux specialistes. GAZETTE DES BEAUX-ARTS The analysis of the meaning of the mosaics is masterly... This is a stimulating book, full of challenging and on the whole convincing ideas, very well documented, lavishly illustrated and beautifully produced. BURLINGTON MAGAZINE (GEORGE ZARNECKI) Handbook to three of the greatest cycles of medieval mosaic... consistently thought-provoking. APOLLO A beautiful book which offers a serious study on an important aspect of the art of medieval Sicily. MEDITERRANEAN HISTORICAL REVIEW

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Title: MESSAGES IN MOSAIC. The Royal Programmes of ...
Publisher: Boydell Press:
Publication Date: 1998
Binding: Soft Cover
Book Condition: Fine

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Eve Borsook
Published by Clarendon Press (1990)
ISBN 10: 0198175043 ISBN 13: 9780198175049
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Book Description Clarendon Press, 1990. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Fair. HB with d/j. Pages near VG (minor crinkle in bottom space of some plates). The title page has a tear (mended with booktape), and some print transference (from frontispiece). D/j has some edge creasing, and (mended with booktape) scrapes and edge tears. The scrapes slightly affecting front board. Faint dirt to closed page edges. 256pp made up of: xxiv + 112pp + 120pp (with 118 b/w plates). 28x22.5cm approx. 1.24kg. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 011554

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