Outcasts: Text

University of California Press, 1993 - 360 pagina's
In this beautifully illustrated two-volume study, Ruth Mellinkoff has assembled and analyzed an extraordinary compilation of pictorial signs (motifs, attributes, and other artistic devices) used by medieval artists to identify and denigrate those figures deemed outcasts, such as Jews, heretics, Muslims, blacks, executioners, prostitutes, lepers, gamblers, footsoldiers, entertainers, and peasants. Among the signs treated are costume elements such as patterns and colors, and physical attributes such as skin and hair color, blemishes, and gestures. Mellinkoff focuses on art from northern Europe, with examples culled principally from the thirteenth into the middle of the sixteenth century.

The author poses important questions about the attitudes of Christian society, and nearly 700 images--most in color--are gathered in Volume Two to illustrate her observations. Outcasts will engage and challenge scholars and students of the visual arts and literature, history of religion, anthropology, sociology, and psychology for years to come.

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Outcasts: signs of otherness in northern European art of the late Middle Ages

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Stereotype has typically been used in art to simplify representation. Mellinkoff, a research associate at the UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and author of other titles on medieval ... Volledige review lezen

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Ruth Mellinkoff is a Research Associate at the University of California, Los Angeles Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. She is the author of Horned Moses in Medieval Art and Thought (California, 1970), The Mark of Cain (California, 1981) and The Devil at Isenheim: Reflections of Popular Belief in GrŁnewald's Altarpiece (California, 1988).

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