The History of Art And The Curious Lives of Famous Painters
The Age Of Faith
of the Middle Ages, 550-1450, was complex and intriguing, fraught with
religious fervor and symbolism. The Catholic Church, the all powerful
institution of the time, commissioned Biblically themed art-works such
as paintings, sculptures, architecture and illuminated manuscripts.
Stories of the Bible were told and retold continuously--painted,
sermonized, allegorized, embellished, creating a convincing and
According to art historian Clara Erskine
Clement "The Middle Ages extend from the latter part of the
fifth century to the time of the Renaissance, or about the fifteenth
century. The painting of this period has little to attract attention if
regarded only from an artistic stand-point, for we may truly say that,
comparing it with the Greek art which had preceded it, or with the
Italian art which followed it, that of the Middle Ages had no claim to
the beautiful. On the other hand, it is full of interest to students,
because it has its part in the history of art; therefore I shall give a
mere outline of it, so that this link in the chain which unites ancient
and modern painting may not be entirely wanting in our book.
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