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Art of Death: Visual Culture in the English Death Ritual, C.1500-1800 Paperback – 20 Mar 1991

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books; First Edition edition (20 Mar. 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0948462167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0948462160
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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'an enjoyable and interesting book' --London Review of Books

'Nigel Llewellyn's richly illustrated book is a much-welcomed study on the visual culture made to accompany the English death ritual . . . For the social and cultural historian Llewellyn's book will be a valuable contribution for the understanding of death rituals as an active mediator between life and death, engaging the living in the preparation for their own death, and preserving the social image of the dead among the living.' --Social History

'The complexity and richness of the materials awaiting the historian of death is made evident in this admirable short study of the English arts of death from 1500-1800. Nigel Llewellyn has gathered a startling array of monuments and images in a variety of media that cumulatively represent early modern culture's attitude to that ubiquitous experience of death.'
--American Historical Review

About the Author

Nigel Llewellyn is Lecturer in the History of Art at the University of Sussex.


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European churches are rich with monuments to the dead. This book covers the period from the cradle of the reformation to the industrial revolution and the approach to the rites and commemoration involved. Nigel Llewellyn is well read and his books (specially the Funeral Monuments of Post Reformation England) are littered with good and useful references from which he creates his text. This book is really aimed at researchers into the church treatment of the dead in this formative period. For guidance I have used the information contained as background for my own reseach into the alabaster carving of the East Midlands which has gone some way in explaining why monuments look like they do. Those following similar trails may also find this book useful.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful and understandably creepy... 29 Oct. 2012
By camaysar - Published on Amazon.com
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Nigel Llewellyn, who is now Head of Research for all 4 branches of the Tate Galleries in England, has done a fine job of describing the stages associated with the death experience and their representations in post-Reformation English art between the 16th and early 19th centuries. The book is associated with an exhibit shown at the Victoria and Albert museum in 1991.

The 101 illustrations depict many levels of a mindset strange, poignant, and more than a bit unsettling, from memorial portraits, to memento mori rings (some incorporating beautifully-formed knots of hair from the deceased), statuary, funerary objects, "dances of death" prints, funeral biscuits and invitations, and much more. Llewellyn's writing is well-organized, lucid and thought-provoking. If the book whets your appetite for more, a good bibliography is appended.

One only wishes that the format was a bit larger, so more of the often magnificent detail were clearer. The illustrations are mostly black-and-white, but a good number are in color. If you are looking for a massive change of pace in your reading, try this book!
4.0 out of 5 stars Peek a boo 18 Jan. 2016
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Bought this for research for a stop action film I am making. For my purposes, it was quite good.
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