Anglo-Saxon Gestures and the Roman Stage
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Anglo-Saxon Gestures and the Roman Stage by C. R. Dodwell
Book DescriptionThis 1999 book is concerned with the pictorial language of gesture revealed in Anglo-Saxon art, and its debt to classical Rome. Reginald Dodwell was an eminent art historian and former Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. In this, his last book, he notes a striking similarity of both form and meaning between Anglo-Saxon gestures and those in illustrated manuscripts of the plays of Terence. He presents evidence for dating the archetype of the Terence manuscripts to the mid-third century, and argues persuasively that their gestures reflect actual stage conventions. He identifies a repertory of eighteen Terentian gestures whose meaning can be ascertained from the dramatic contexts in which they occur, and conducts a detailed examination of the use of the gestures in Anglo-Saxon manuscripts. The book, which is extensively illustrated, illuminates our understanding of the vigour of late Anglo-Saxon art and its ability to absorb and transpose continental influence.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521034838
(228mm x 152mm x 14mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 14-Dec-2006
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author C. R. Dodwell
Canterbury School of Illumination 1066-1200, Paperback (February 2011)
Originally published in 1954, this book is one of the most authoritative works on the Canterbury school of illumination.
Anglo-Saxon Gestures and the Roman Stage, Hardback (December 1999)
This 1999 book studies the pictorial language of gesture revealed in Anglo-Saxon art, and its debt to classical Rome.
Pictorial Art of the West, 800-1200, Paperback (October 1995)
Aims to provide a comprehensive guide to all forms of pictorial art - from wall and panel paintings to stained glass windows, mosaics and embroidery - and sets them against the historical and theological influences of the age. This study covers the period from 800 to 1200.
Various Arts, Hardback (December 1961)» View all books by C. R. Dodwell
Edited with a facing-page translation by C.R. Dodwell, this treatise is of great interest as the only known treatise of the Middle Ages to describe all the major arts. The original manuscript has not survived, but Professor Dodwell's reconstruction is considered definitive.
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