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The Madonna of Humility: Development, Dissemination and Reception, c.1340-1400 (Bristol Studies in Medieval Cultures) Hardcover – 15 Jul 2010


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Provides a valuable contribution to the study of the art of the fourteenth century (and) a welcome art-historical contribution to the recent resurgence of interest in the Virgin Mary. CAA REVIEWS A beautifully crafted study that attempts to more firmly weave together the historical and art historical, and Williamson's argument, in the introduction, for such interdisciplinary is most forcefully conveyed through the success of the monograph as a whole. COMITATUS A well-written, convincing work of art history. (...) Provides food for thought for those who are tempted either to ignore images in their historical research, or make easy assumptions about their use, reception, and interpretation. H-NET REVIEWS (A) substantial and meticulously researched study. (...) Far from closing debates on the Madonna of Humility, Beth Williamson has opened up the reading of the image type in its devotional context in a stylish, beautifully written and thought- provoking study. THE MEDIEVAL REVIEW In its engagement with fresh methodology and diverse visual and textual sources, the book will be interesting to art historians generally and medievalists specifically. SOUTHWEST JOURNAL OF CULTURES The University of Bristol is to be congratulated on this latest contribution to its series of works on mediaeval culture. A satisfying study, underlining the point that while individual works need to be placed in context, they stand, or fall, simply on their own merit. CHRISTOPHER COLVEN, THE ART NEWSPAPER

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In its engagement with fresh methodology and diverse visual and textual sources, the book will be interesting to art historians generally and medievalists specifically.

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