Medieval Art 250–1450: Matter, Making, and Meaning

Anne F. Harris and Nancy M. Thompson
Oxford University Press, August 2021

Medieval Art 250-1450: Matter, Making, and Meaning, co-authored by Anne Harris, Grinnell president and professor of art history, is an innovative textbook for the undergraduate medieval art course. Using a case-study approach, the textbook engages students in close readings of medieval objects and buildings in their devotional and experiential contexts. It asks students to consider the fascinating trajectories of medieval images and objects, from invention to production and from reception to preservation. Building on the art historical traditions of iconography and social history, Medieval Art 250–1450 uses the critical methodologies of gender, race, class, queer theory, post-colonialism, narrative, embodiment, materiality, and eco-criticism to inform its case studies.